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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Albertus Church

Studio Name: Mayer (Franz) and Company

City: Detroit

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

Date of Window: 1924

Subject/Title of Window: Death of Joseph

Brief Description of Subject: Description: There is nothing scripturally on St. Joseph's death. Through the centuries there have been many Church scholars who have made up their versions. St. Joseph has become the patron saint of a happy death and thus there are many prayers to him to be said at the time of death. This stained glass window depicts part of two prayers by St. Alphonsus of Liguori an 18th century bishop and Church scholar.

Prayer 1. The death scene in window: "Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His saints. After having faithfully served Jesus and Mary, St. Joseph reached the end of his life in the house of Nazareth. There, surrounded by angels, assisted by Jesus Christ the King of angels, and by Mary, his spouse, who place themselves at each side of his poor bed, filled with the peace of paradise, he departed from this miserable life..... St. Joseph grant me peace and resignation to God's will at the hour of my death. Amen" There is a lily plant beside Joseph's bed symbolizing his purity. The Virgin Mary has a starred nimbus which comes from Mary as the woman in Rev.12:1 -- a woman with a garland of stars on her head.

Prayer 2. The Octofoil at top of window, a crown for Joseph -- : " O St. Joseph, virgin father of Jesus and most pure spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray every day for us to the same Jesus, the son of God, that being defended by the power of His grace and striving dutifully, we may be CROWNED by Him at the hour of death. Amen"

Height: 17'

Width: 6'

Death of Joseph
Death of Joseph
Death of Joseph close-up
Death of Joseph close-up
A Crown for Joseph close-up
A Crown for Joseph close-up

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