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

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Window

Building Name: Cathedral of St. Paul

Studio Name: Lamb (J. and R.) Co.

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1979

Subject/Title of Window: North Clerestory Bay 5-Isaiah

Brief Description of Subject: Clerestory Windows

Each of the North Clerestories are named for a "Type of Christ" --- a person or an event which foreshadows or prefigures is some way, Christ, or an event in the life of Christ. The artist has chosen to illustrate this with a montage using material found in the cited scriptures below.

Isaiah

The Isaiah Window calls to mind one of the most striking images found in the Book of Isaiah: Chapter 6, verses 2-8. This visual representation of the six-winged seraphim, in the "house...filled with smoke", with "a live coal in his hand" calls to mind not only this particular moment, but the entire series of images of the "Suffering Servant" which fill the Book of Isaiah, and pre-figure in striking manner the most poignant episodes in the life and Passion of Christ.

Isaiah 6:2 Above the Lord stood the seraphim; each had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

Isaiah 6:4 ...and the house filled with smoke.

Isaiah 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphim to me, having in his hand a burning coal...

Isaiah 6:8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here I am! Send me.

Donna Swanson Taylor, formerly of Detroit won our national competition held in 1975 for the design of the 36 clerestory windows. She will assist in their construction at the J. & R. Lamb Studios in New Jersey, the company selected to execute and install the windows. Taylor is an accomplished musician as well as a professional artist and teacher.

North Clerestory Bay 5-Isaiah
North Clerestory Bay 5-Isaiah

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