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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: Annunciation

Brief Description of Subject: The canopy of this nave window contains the Ave Maria monogram. Ave Maria (Hail Mary) is the angel Gabriel's greeting to Mary at the Annunciation.
The scene pictures the Annunciation as covered in Luke 1:26 - 38. Brief synopsis: The angel Gabriel is sent by God to tell the Blessed Virgin Mary that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, she will conceive the Messiah. Pictured is Mary kneeling on a prie-dieu. She has been interrupted from her prayers by an angel, above a cloud, holding a stick with a banner that reads "Ave Maria." Above Mary is seen a descending dove in a cloud. The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit which comes from its appearance at the baptism of Jesus, "and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove." Luke 3:22. The cloud in iconography indicates the presence of God. 
Above the scene is a floral and geometrical design using pastel colors.
In the predella is a banner designating the donor as the Association of St. Elizabeth.

Inscriptions: St. Elizabeth's Verein

Height: 20'

Width: 4'

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Enamel Paint

Annunciation canopy
Annunciation canopy
Annunciation close-up
Annunciation close-up
Annunciation predella
Annunciation predella

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