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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: All Saints Episcopal Church

Studio Name: Connick (Charles J.), Ltd.

City: Pontiac

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

Date of Window: 1955

Subject/Title of Window: Moses

Brief Description of Subject: The central lancet of this window portrays Moses as the lawgiver, holding the tablets of the Ten Commandments. The rays of light which stream up on either side of his serrated nimbus are suggestive of the horns with which early painters and sculptors commonly represented him, acting on a mistranslation of St. Jerome. The rays refer to the brightness of his face after he had seen God face to face on Mount Sanai (Exodus 34:29). They symbol at the bottom of the center lancet refers to an episode in Numbers 21:4-9 in which the Israelites were punished for their fathlessness by snakes which bit and killed many of the people. When the Israelistes reprented and sought Moses's help, God told him to make a serpent of brass and fasten it upon a pole so that everyone who looked on it might live. Jesus refers to this story in John 3:14-15.

The medallion at the left lancet depicts, as do all the left medallions in these north windows, the call of the person honored in the window. God appeared to Moses in a bush which was burning with fire and yet was not consumed while he was tending his father-in-law's sheep (Exodus 3:lff). Following the eastern custon of removing one's shoes in the presence of God, Moses is barefoot. Tod was calling him to lead his chosen people out of bondage from Egypt.

The medallion on the right portrays the actual moment when Moses receives the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai.

Inscriptions: Donald Stanton Patterson

Height: ~82"

Width: ~78"

Type of Glass and Technique: Lead Came


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