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St. Paul's Catholic Church, Onaway, Michigan: artists Peter and Christel Brahm

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Window

Building Name: Church of the Divine Child

Studio Name: Willet Hauser Architectural Glass

City: Dearborn

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Subject/Title of Window: Birth of the Divine Child

Brief Description of Subject: This window, located over the main portal on the façade, is made up of 5 rectangular panels of varying heights that gives the appearance of an arch. In this window's location it is quite common to see a rose window. There is a circular section in the middle of this window that can thus be seen as paying homage to that practice.

The window was conceived by a master stained glass designer Marguerite Gaudin of Willet Hauser Architectural Glass and is quite well composed. Angels appear at the very top of each panel. The center angel is above the star of Bethlehem, on each side is an angel with a shofar (early trumpet) from Numbers 10:1-7 when two trumpets are sounded together the congregation is to come to the meeting place, finally the angels on the end panels are guiding the visitors, shepherds and Magi, to the Divine Child. The middle 3 panels are dominated by a large circular section containing the Nativity scene.  

Comments taken from "Our Stained Glass Windows" c.1970 this "east window gives prominence befitting the patron name of the parish by depicting the Nativity scene. Since it is subject to the strong horizontal rays of light of the morning sun, this window has much heavy coloration.

The figures in the window have a somewhat archaic appearance and fall in a pleasing and artful manner. This is very appropriate and becoming stained glass art and gives strength and character to the whole composition.

Viewed in a slightly subdued light, this window appears at its loveliest, rather than seeing it in the blasted almost horizontal light rays of brilliant morning sunshine. It is this window that might be termed the most lively bit of glass in the Church of the Divine Child, because in its composed dignity it dances with colorful life."

Height: 18'

Width: 14'

Birth of the Divine Child
Birth of the Divine Child
Birth of the Divine Child close-up
Birth of the Divine Child close-up
Birth of the Divine Child, Willet Studio sketch
Birth of the Divine Child, Willet Studio sketch

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