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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Central United Methodist Church

Studio Name: Giannini & Hilgart

City: Muskegon

Date of Window: 1930

Subject/Title of Window: Virtues

Brief Description of Subject: One of six side aisle windows that depicts heavenly beings as described in the Bible and apocryphal writings. Although seldom seen in Michigan's stained glass windows, they have been represented throughout the Christian era in various ways, based upon differing literary sources, traditions and artistic aims. According to early Christian writings and traditions, heavenly beings are divided into three categories or hierarchies, each with special responsibilities. The first hierarchy, who surround God in perpetual adoration, includes the Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones. The second hierarchy, seen as governors of the stars and the elements, includes three types of heavenly beings known as Dominations (or Dominions), Virtues and Powers. Virtues, viewed as possessing great courage and the bearer of prayers to God, carries an incense censer that symbolizes rising prayers.


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