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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Studio Name: Friederichs and Wolfram

City: Detroit

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

Subject/Title of Window: Anthony and Aloysius

Brief Description of Subject: The canopy of this nave window contains the cross in a crown symbol, which symbolizes that the crown of life awaits us after bearing our cross on earth --- James 1:12 "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised those who love him." Also seen is a lily, the symbol of purity.
The left lancet pictures St. Anthony of Padua (1195 - 1231). In Portugal, Anthony was baptized Fernando Martin. He joined the Franciscan Order at their abbey dedicated to St. Anthony of Egypt. Upon joining, he changed his name to "Anthony." In his lifetime he was known for his preaching and teaching of theology. He is pictured here in a Franciscan habit, brown hooded robe with a corded rope belt and a rosary, holding a lily, the symbol of purity.
The right lancet pictures St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1561 - 1591). He was born into a powerful family, the House of Gonzaga. At 17, against his father's wishes, he renounced his right to succession and became a Jesuit novitiate. When the plague spread to Rome, he devoted himself to caring for the sick and contracted the plague. At the moment of his death, witnesses say his face changed as he held the crucifix and cried out the name "Jesus." He is costumed here in the white surplice of a Jesuit novitiate and is clutching a crucifix. At his feet appears to be the "Crown of Life." 
Above the scenes is a floral and geometrical design using pastel colors.
In the predella is a banner designating the donors as Associations of St. Anthony and of St. Aloysius.

Inscriptions: Donden St. Antonius & St. Aloysius Vereinen

Height: 20'

Width: 4'

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Enamel Paint

Anthony and Aloysius
Anthony and Aloysius
Anthony and Aloysius canopy
Anthony and Aloysius canopy
Anthony and Aloysius close-up
Anthony and Aloysius close-up
Anthony and Aloysius predella
Anthony and Aloysius predella

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