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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First United Methodist Church

Studio Name: Willet Hauser Architectural Glass

City: Birmingham

Window Shape: 4 (rounded or rose window)

Subject/Title of Window: The Crucifixion

Brief Description of Subject: This window was installed over the altar in what was originally called the "Prayer Chapel." After the retirement of Pastor Arnold F. Runkel, it was renamed in his honor as the "Runkel Chapel."

The following description from the book, "The Windows and Symbols of First Methodist Church Birmingham, Mich. edited by Dr. Arnold F. Runkel and privately published by the Church for its members in 1966.

The central subject of this small Rose Window is the Crucified Christ. Besides the cross are John, the beloved disciple, and Mary, His mother. The four petals contain the following symbols.

A chalice from which rises the cross of suffering. This refers to our Savior's prayer in Gethsemane concerning the cup of suffering.

A ladder with reed and sponge crossing it. This represents the attempt to alleviate Christ's suffering --- as He hung on the cross --- with vinegar mingled with gall.

A pillar like the one Jesus was fastened to for scourging. The scourges are crossed in front of it.

The basin and ewer, referring to Pilate's act of washing his hands of Christ's blood.

The Crucifixion Window was presented in honor of Mrs. Robert Falberg and Bruce and Jerre Maynard, by their parents.

Height: 5'6"

Width: 5'6"

The Crucifixion
The Crucifixion
The Crucifixion close-up
The Crucifixion close-up
The Crucifixion outside
The Crucifixion outside

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