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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)

Subject/Title of Window: Job

Brief Description of Subject: The first window in the Choir clerestory depicts Job, one of the earliest and most enlightening biblical characters. He is shown as he humbly realizes the great strength and power of his God, speaking to him out of a whirlwind, challenging him to justify his complaints and accusations (Job 38). Job is at the same time crushed by his shame awed by the realization of God's greatness, and relieved by his release from his confusion and doubt.

At the top of the window is the Hand of God, from which issues light, material and spiritual, and below it are angels with the sun, moon and stars, examples of the Works of God which He names as too great for man's understanding; for God asks of Job: "Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days:-" and "Where is the way where light dwelleth?" and Job is overcome with appreciation of his ignorance.

In the lower left-hand corner is indicated the Resurrection, with a quotation from Job 19:25, "For I know that my Redeemer liveth and he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth." The Resurrection of Christ is introduced not so much as a prophecy, although Job certainly may be said to have forespoken the great event, but as analogy. Job's dispair and inability to cope with or comprehend his misfortune is compared to the world before the coming of Christ - while the realization of the truth of his hop, his renewed life and the ultimate fulfillment of the Divine Purpose and omnipotence are comparable to the rising of the dead Christ and His restoration to the House of the Lord from whence He came.

The figure of Job is in full color, with a background of "liturgical blue" and a border and top of majestic canopy work, which decoratively indicates the perfect beauty and ever-present protection which the Lord provides at all times and in all places, regardless of the material provisions of which mankind is able to avail itself.

The hand-blown pot-metal glasses were treated with a modifying "paint" which itself contains the properties of glass, and the two securely fused at high temperatures. No enamels or other temporary materials were used. All work was done by hand inthe manner of the medieval glassmen whose work has withstood the effects of time and weather throughout the centuries.

Kennedy a vestryman and master of Detroit Masonic Lodge. Hand at the top of the window is hand used by Masonic Order rather than the hand of God usually depicted in church.

Inscriptions: In Loving Memory Leland Kennedy 1894-1942
Job: I Know that My Redeemer Liveth


Height: 7'

Width: 3'

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

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