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

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Building Name: Cathedral of St. Paul

Studio Name: Willet Hauser Architectural Glass

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1946

Subject/Title of Window: Ruth

Brief Description of Subject: Because of Ruth's characteristics of faithfulness and domesticity she was chosen as an appropriate subject for a memorial to the wife of Dean O'Ferrall.

The main figure of Ruth indicates these two admirable characteristics as well as her industry. The wording, "Whither thou goest I will go;" (Ruth 1:16) is the verbalization of all-embracing faithfulness - in the biblical story, faithfulness to her mother-in-law, Naomi, and the new ways and beliefs which her marriage to Ephrathite had given her. The nest of birds which she holds symbolizes domesticity, and the wheat indicates her occupation as a gleaner and her industriousness.

At the top of the lancet are shown three women, with staffs to indicate traveling, as Naomi prepared to leave the land of Moab. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, Naomi, and returned to her people and her gods, but Ruth did not heed Naomi's urging to return to her mother's house, returning with Naomi to Bethlehem.

At the bottom of the lancet, Ruth is shown gleaning in the fields of Boaz, a kinsman of Naomi's husband.

This window was designed by Marguerite Gaudin.

Inscriptions: In Loving Memory of Ruth Robbins O'Ferrall


Height: 7'

Width: 3'

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came, Vitreous Paint

Ruth
Ruth
Ruth, top
Ruth, top
Ruth, bottom
Ruth, bottom
Ruth, Willet Studio sketch
Ruth, Willet Studio sketch

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