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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: Crucifixion of Christ

Brief Description of Subject: This is the ninth 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 the Crucifixion of Christ is covered in all of the Gospel. Each makes a contribution to the entire story as we understand it. In this window the artist has captured a moment shortly after Christ's death as he is drawn with a bleeding lance wound in his side (John 19:34). According to John 19:25 -27, near the cross stood the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, and the Apostle John. The artist has posed a sobbing Mary Magdalene at the foot of the cross with her arms around the feet of Christ, John looking up at Jesus, is helping support the grieving Virgin Mary. As in Luke 23:47, at Jesus's death a centurion (pointing up to Jesus) will proclaim "Surely this was a righteous man,"
The design for this window was based on Heinrich Hofmann's pencil drawing of the Crucifixion found in his portfolios on the Life of Christ. Modifications were necessary to adapt it to a two lancet window.
In the predella are the names of the donors, The Sisters of the Rosary Sodality and the Heart of Jesus Sodality.

Inscriptions: Bractwo Siostr Rozanca
Bractwo Serca Jesus

Height: 12'

Width: 4' 6"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass

Crucifixion of Christ
Crucifixion of Christ
Crucifixion of Christ close-up
Crucifixion of Christ close-up
Crucifixion, Hoffman pencil drawing
Crucifixion, Hoffman pencil drawing

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