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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Albertus Church

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1885

Subject/Title of Window: St. Dominic

Brief Description of Subject: Inside a quatrefoil at top of window is a medallion that contains symbols reflecting the donor's profession as a priest -- chalice (note fleur-de-lis pattern on it) with a host above it containing the Christogram IHS with a cross down its middle, to the left and right of the chalice is wheat and grapes.

St. Dominic (1170 - 1221) is best known for establishing the "Order of Preachers" commonly known as Dominicans. In this window Dominic is costumed as a Dominican Monk -- long white tunic with a black cloak. There are many symbols present: BOOK -- preached the Word of God, LILY FLOWER -- never married, STAFF topped with a BOTTONY CROSS -- probably should have been a somewhat similar cross called a fleur-de-lis cross which is the cross of the Dominicans reflecting that Dominic was a Frenchman, ROSARY -- legend that Dominic received the modern form of the rosary from the Virgin Mary, DOG WITH A LIT TORCH IN ITS MOUTH -- legend that when his mother was pregnant with Dominic she had a dream he was a dog with a torch in its mouth and when she gave birth  it set the world on fire -- with his preaching Dominic was said to have inflamed the world, in the smoke from the torch is a CRUX ORBIS -- signifying that while the earth turns the cross is ever steady.

The donor's full name is Dominic H. Kolasinski so St. Dominic would be his Patron Saint. Opposite this window in the Chancel is the Saint Henry window and it was donated by Bishop C. Henry Borgess -- thus Henry was his Patron Saint.

Saint Dominic! Pray for us.
Dono Dedit Rev: D.H.Kolasinski Pastor St. Adalbertis
Donated by Reverend D.H. Kolasinski Pastor St. Adalbertus

Height: ~14

Width: 4'

St. Dominic
St. Dominic
Chalice, Wheat and Grapes
Chalice, Wheat and Grapes
St. Dominic close-up
St. Dominic close-up
St. Dominic outside
St. Dominic outside

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