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

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Building Name: Christ Church Detroit

Studio Name: Wippell, (J.) & Co., Ltd.

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1967

Subject/Title of Window: Parable of the Prodigal Son

Brief Description of Subject: This window depicts scenes from the Parable of the Prodigal Son as found in Luke 15: 11 - 32 (KJV).

Jesus had drawn a crowd of sinners to hear him. Seeing this,The Pharisees and scribes wondered why would he welcome such people and eat with them? In response, Jesus spoke this parable:

A man had two sons, the younger wanted his inheritance now, so the father divided his property between them.

(The top light) "And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country." Verse 13

He led a boisterous life, squandering the money, and when a famine hit he had no money left.

(The right light) "And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed the swine." Verse 15

Eventually he came to his senses and realized his father's servants had a better life. He decided to return to his father with the intention of becoming a servant to his father's household as he was not worthy to be his son.

(The left light) "But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." Verse 20

The father told the servants to bring him food and clothes for this son and prepare a celebration feast. The older son, that had remained faithful to his father, was angry that he had never received such a feast in his honor.

"And he said unto him, Thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should be merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again, and was lost, and is found." Verses 31 and 32

Plaque under window reads: "The clerestory window was given to the glory of God and in memory of their parents by William Augustus and Evelyn Smith Walker."

Condition of Window: good

Height: ~6'

Width: 7'

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

Parable of the Prodigal Son
Parable of the Prodigal Son
Parable of the Prodigal Son outside
Parable of the Prodigal Son outside

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