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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: 1943

Subject/Title of Window: Messenger to Abraham

Brief Description of Subject: The tower houses windows of angelic sentinels standing guard, teaching messages of action and leadership.

To the North is that group of Angels who act as Messengers.

The first angel is the one who came to Abraham and announced to him the ram caught in the thicket is to be substituted as a burnt offering, thus sparing Isaac's life. The angel said, "Do not lay a hand on the boy. Do not do anything to him now that I know you fear God."

As the windows were viewed from a great distance and height, it has been necessary to attenuate the figures, faces, and details in order to bring them down to the eye of the beholder as figures of normal proportions and character. The figures have been carried out with formal gestures that they may tell their story while retaining their decorative charm. It was this kind of treatment that was used so effectively in the medieval windows of the French Cathedrals.

Henry Lee Willet, Designer and Executor

These windows were donated by Mrs. Henry P. Williams in memory of her husband Henry Phillips Williams. They are the parents of G.Mennen Williams, the 41st Governor of the State of Michigan (1949-1961).

Messenger to Abraham
Messenger to Abraham
Messengers to Abraham/Jacob
Messengers to Abraham/Jacob
Messenger to Abraham, Willet studio sketch
Messenger to Abraham, Willet studio sketch

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