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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Florian Catholic Church

Studio Name: Mayer (Franz) and Company

City: Hamtramck

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1937

Subject/Title of Window: Crucifixion

Brief Description of Subject: Description: Floral background is grapes and grape leaves -- symbolizing "I (Christ) am the true vine" from John 15:1 or the grapes could symbolize the blood of Christ. Top of window is a quatrefoil containing a Pelican feeding its young with its own blood -- symbolizes Christ shedding his blood for us. On top of cross is the initial INRI -- from John 19:19 inscription on cross per instructions of Pontius Pilate. In art, this representation of the resurrection is called "Stabat Mater" which means standing Mary (as opposed to a kneeling or prone Mary). The Stabat Mater usually, as here, has Mary to the right of the cross and John the Evangelist  to left. John has a book signifying a gospel writer. Mary Magdalene is at the feet of Jesus. Below the cross is a skull. In iconography this is the skull of Adam -- in Christian liturgy, the penalty of Adam's sin was expulsion from Eden and human death; Christ had to die for that sin and resurrect so that we may again have eternal life. The Quatrefoil at the bottom contains instruments involved in the crucifixion -- hammer for putting in nails, pincer for removing nails, a lance to pierce his side, and  ladder with a stick with a brush used to give Christ vinegar and gall or it is a scourge.

Inscriptions: INRI ( intials of Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iedaeorum -- Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews)
(Donated by) The family of John Satawa in memory of Agatha and Walter Satawa.

Height: 11'

Width: 3'

Crucifixion close-up
Crucifixion close-up
Crucifixion inscription
Crucifixion inscription
Crucifixion outside
Crucifixion outside

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