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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: 3 (arched)

Subject/Title of Window: Clerestory Window St. Anthony and St. Florian

Brief Description of Subject: There are six such four lancet windows in the clerestory of the nave, each featuring saints in the center lancets and bookended by lancets designed to let light into the Church.
Pictured in the left lancet's medallion is a Papal tiara --- three crowns stacked on top of each other and topped with a globus cruciger. This lancet was donated by Stanley Chrzanowki.
Pictured in the center left lancet is St. Anthony of Padua (1195 - 1231). He was baptized Fernando Martin, but when he joined the FRANCISCAN ORDER at their abbey dedicated to Anthony, he changed his name to Anthony. In his lifetime he was known for preaching and teaching theology. While Anthony was on his deathbed, a friar asked, "What are you STARING AT?" St. Anthony replied "JESUS." St. Anthony is pictured here in the Franciscan habit, staring at the Christ child, and holding a lily (celibacy). This lancet was donated by Stanley Lipke.
Pictured in the center right lancet is St. Florian (d.304). He was a ROMAN OFFICER posted to what is now Austria. During the Diocletian persecutions, he was put to death for being a Christian. In the 12th Century, King Casimir II of Poland asked for some relics of Florian to be sent to Krakow. How Florian became associated with FIRE FIGHTERS is not known. One story is that once when Krakow was burning, prayers to St. Florian stopped the fire. He is pictured here as a Roman officer carrying the standard, and pouring water on a burning building. This lancet was donated by the Family of M I J K.
Pictured in the right lancet's medallion are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet  --- Alpha and Omega. Together they refer to Christ's words found in Revelation 22:13, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last." This lancet was donated by Eleanor Jackowska.

Inscriptions: Stanislaw Chrzanowski
Stanislaw Lipke
Rodzina M I J K
Eleonora Jackowska

Height: 6'

Width: 20'

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass

Clerestory Window St. Anthony and St. Florian
Clerestory Window St. Anthony and St. Florian
Papal tiara
Papal tiara
St. Anthony of Padua and St. Florian
St. Anthony of Padua and St. Florian
Alpha and Omega
Alpha and Omega

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