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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John's Lutheran Church

Studio Name: Potter's Stained Glass Emporium

City: Dowagiac

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 2006

Subject/Title of Window: INRI

Brief Description of Subject: Jesus blessing the little children
The eighth window constructed is located in the mother’s room. The sandstone symbol beneath the window is the symbol of the placard placed on Jesus’ cross bearing the inscription for which He was being crucified: “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” The first letters for each of these words in Latin from the symbol “INRI”. “Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is Jesus, the king of the Jews.” (Matthew 27:37)

Since this window was in the mother’s room, the account of Jesus’ blessing the little children was chosen. As the Savior of the world, Jesus came and died for all people, including the little children. “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)

The two small symbols include a sparrow and a butterfly in the corners. The sparrow is to remind us that God watches over all things, including something as small as a sparrow. Therefore He will watch over us as well. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.” (Matthew 10:29)

The butterfly reminds us of the blessing which Jesus’ death on the cross has won for all, that is, eternal life with Him in heaven.

The small window includes three lambs, for we are all Jesus’ little lambs.

Height: 70"

Width: 44"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came, Copper Foil


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