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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Albertus Church

Studio Name: Detroit Stained Glass Works, The

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 6 (gothic arched, over 2 vertical sections)

Subject/Title of Window: Young Jesus or John the Baptist

Brief Description of Subject: Inside the medallion in the octofoil at the top are symbols relating to the Virgin Mary: Rosary, Banner with Ave Maria, pin with an angel, a lily flower (purity) and a  brown scapular with ends containing the cross and the monogram AM (the brown scapular was given to Simon Stock, a Carmelite, with the promise of the Sabbatine Privilege to all who wear it).

In the scene below is a picture of either Jesus giving a blessing or a young John the Baptist. If the child had been more clearly pointing to the sky, it would be John the Baptist as that walking stick topped with a cross is pretty standard for pictures of him and if the figure had a nimbus associated with Christ, rather than the saint's nimbus pictured here, it definitely would be Christ. The symbols on the side panels are no help as some refer to Christ and some to John the Baptist. On a window on the opposite transept that is similarly structured some of the symbols refer to the saint pictured and some do not.

Symbols pictured on the sides are:
Chalice and Host -- the Eucharist
Descending Dove -- Holy Spirit (gift at baptism)
Ecce Angus Dei -- Behold the Lamb of God (words of John the Baptist)
Book -- Bible
Anchor Cross: many different meanings in Christian iconography i.e. safe haven in the afterlife through Jesus Christ.

Height: ~17'

Width: 6'

Young Jesus or John the Baptist
Young Jesus or John the Baptist
Ave Maria banner
Ave Maria banner
Young Jesus or John the Baptist close-up
Young Jesus or John the Baptist close-up
Descending Dove
Descending Dove
Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei

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