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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: St. Dominic receives the Rosary

Brief Description of Subject: St. Dominic receives the Rosary

Brief History of the Rosary: The Rosary used in the Roman Catholic Church evolved through many centuries. The Rosary that is prayed today became pretty much standardized in the 15th Century when St. Alan, a Dominican monk, claimed that the founder of his order, St. Dominic, had obtained that form of the rosary in an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1214 A.D.

Description: The medallion that appears at top of window contains the inscription "Krolowo Rozanca Sw. which translates as "Queen of the Holy Rosary".  The two arched sections below the medallion depict a kneeling St. Dominic, dressed as a monk is looking at the Virgin Mary. She is dressed as the Queen of the Holy Rosary -- a crown on her head and scepter in her right hand. In her lap is the infant Jesus and with her right hand she is presenting the rosary to St. Dominic.

The Rosary: The main part of a Rosary consists of 5 sets of 10 beads. The beads aid in counting the Hail Mary's that are to be said. Before each set is recited, an episode from the life of Mary or Jesus is spoken. The object of this is that while you are saying the Hail Mary's you are to meditate on that particular episode. At the time of the building of St. John Cantius there were 3 different sets of 5 that could be used. They are called the "Mysteries Of the Rosary". The three sets were the "Joyful Mysteries", the "Sorrowful Mysteries" and the Glorious Mysteries. The aisle windows depict 2 of those sets. The 5 Joyful Mysteries consisting of the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation, and the Finding in the Temple are on the right side while the 5 Glorious Mysteries consisting of the Resurrection, Ascension, Descent of the Holy Spirit, Assumption of Mary, and the Coronation of Mary, are on the left side.

The location of this window is in the Chancel which is traditionally a place of honor.


St. Dominic
St. Dominic

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