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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John Cantius Catholic Church (closed 2007)

Studio Name: Detroit Stained Glass Works, The

City: Detroit

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

Subject/Title of Window: Coronation

Brief Description of Subject: This window has been re-purposed to Catherine of Sienna Academy in Wixom.

Background: The "Coronation of Mary" is the 5th "Glorious Mystery of the Rosary". The actual coronation of Mary as the "Queen of Heaven" is not described in scriptures. Thus artists are free to image what it might have looked like. Through the ages it has been quite common to include the Holy Trinity as part of the ceremony as well as Christ the one that crowns his Mother "Queen of Heaven".

Description of Window: At the top is a picture of Mary -- same clothes, face and hair as the picture of Mary depicted in the scene below. This choice reflects the donor -- Young Ladies Sodality. The scene below takes place above the clouds -- symbolizing heaven. God the father, dressed in purple (royalty) and blue (heaven), is seated with the globis cruciger on his knee. The globis cruciger symbolizes authority over the world. His right hand points to the glorious coronation. Jesus, standing at the right hand of the Father ( scriptures place him there: Luke 22:69, Mark 16:19 are just 2 of many), is dressed in red (human nature) and white (divine nature). In his right hand, cut off by the edge of the window, is probably either a scepter or the victory banner. His left hand holds the crown over Mary's head. Mary, arms crossed with hands on heart, is attired in blue (heaven) and red (human nature). A dove (Holy Spirit - Luke 3:22) is shining its light on Mary.

Inscriptions: Ofiarowalo Bractwo Panien. Translation: Donated by the Young Ladies Sodality

Coronation Window photo by Dave Daniszewski
Coronation Window photo by Dave Daniszewski

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