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Building Name: Church of the Divine Child

Studio Name: Willet Hauser Architectural Glass

City: Dearborn

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1969

Subject/Title of Window: Nativity

Brief Description of Subject: The birth of Christ is covered in both Luke 2:1-12 and Matt.2 1-12. They differ in that in Luke the shepherds, who were attending their SHEEP AT NIGHT, visited the new born while in Matthew it was the Magi who visited the new born by following a STAR TO BETHLEHEM.

Comments from "Our Stained Glass Windows" c.1970 "Bleak and barren surroundings accompanying the Lord's birth are revealed in the Nativity panel. Here you can see the resigned features of the Holy Mother of God and the rather disconsolate expression on St. Joseph's face, most likely due to the miserable accommodations that they find themselves forced to accept. This particular panel is very well composed."

This is the fourth of the twelve Holy Family Windows located in the Epistle Aisle. Comments from "Our Stained Glass Windows" by Aloys Frank Herman c. 1970 "This battery of windows along the north wall tells the story of the Holy Family from the time of the Annunciation to the Coronation of the Virgin Mary.

In order to avoid producing that much-to-be-abhorred dark church, the windows along the north and south walls were designed to be rather light in color, yet sufficient color is incorporated to tell the story and tell it beautifully. This objective has indeed been satisfactorily attained."

These windows were designed by Jonathan Edwards as a free lance job for Willet Hauser Architectural Glass and installed in 1969.

Jonathan Edwards worked for Celtic Studios as a designer and glass painter. He also worked freelance for other studios and taught at Swansea College in Wales until the 1990's. His work is found mostly in churches across south Wales but can also be found in Canada and the United States.

Height: 59"

Width: 39"

Nativity
Nativity
Nativity, Willet Studio sketch
Nativity, Willet Studio sketch
Holy Family Windows
Holy Family Windows
Holy Family Windows outside
Holy Family Windows outside

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