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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: Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane

Brief Description of Subject: This is the seventh 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 story of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane is found in Luke 22:39 - 46. Jesus had gone to Gethsemane with his disciples. Once there, he withdrew from them, and knelt down to pray. The artist of this window has chosen for his design, verses 42 and 43, " ' Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.' An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him."
The design of this window is partly based on a painting by Heinrich Hoffmann. That painting is not conducive for a two lancet window so the artist used material from verses 42 and 43 for the left lancet.
Heinrich Hofmann's 1890 oil on canvas painting is the most popular image for Christ in Gethsemane.
In the predella are inscribed the names of the donors, the Family of Thomas and Victoria Skupnych and Julius and Eva Wagner.
The stained glass windows in the Church were restored in 2002.

Inscriptions: Rodzina Tomasza I Wiktorya Skupnych
Julius I Ewa Wagner

Height: 12'

Width: 4' 6"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass

Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane close-up
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane close-up
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane Hoffman painting
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane Hoffman painting

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