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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Hyacinth Roman Catholic Church

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 5 (gothic arched, 2 vertical sections)

Subject/Title of Window: Annunciation

Brief Description of Subject: This is the first of 10 aisle windows depicting scenes in the life of Christ. With one exception, they are arranged in chronological order starting on the Epistle side.
The canopy features a five pointed star on a cross. The five pointed star is the "Star of Bethlehem." The five points symbolize the five wounds of Christ.
The Annunciation is covered in Luke 1:26 - 38. The angel Gabriel appears to Mary, and announces that by the power of the Holy Spirit she will conceive and give birth to the Savior.
In this rendition, Gabriel is pictured speaking to Mary (right hand gesture), and holding a scepter (symbol of authority, sent by God). Above Gabriel is a dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit. Mary is kneeling on a prie-dieu. Her arms are crossed in the pose of humility and submission --- "I am the Lord's servant ... May it be done as you have said." (Verse 38).
In the predella is inscribed the names of the donors --- Jozefa Zoltowska (the femanine endings indicates this is a woman), Jozef and Bronislawa Thimm.
The stained glass windows in the Church were restored in 2002.

Inscriptions: Jozefa Zotowska
Jozef I Bronislawa Thimm

Height: 12'

Width: 4' 6"

Annunciation before the restoration.
Annunciation before the restoration.
Annunciation after the restoration.
Annunciation after the restoration.
Annunciation after the restoration close-up. Note the change in Mary's face.
Annunciation after the restoration close-up. Note the change in Mary's face.

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