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

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Building Name: Historic Trinity Lutheran Church

Studio Name: Detroit Stained Glass Works, The

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1930

Subject/Title of Window: Pelican and Eye of Providence

Brief Description of Subject: This decorative aisle window was designed to let light into the Church. It is in the shape of a lit candle symbolizing Jesus --- I am the light of the world," John 8:12. The window features two shields with symbols.

Symbols used:
Pelican: a symbol for Jesus which comes from the Medieval legend that during times of extreme famine, a pelican would stab itself to feed its own blood to its chicks to save them from starvation. From the hymn "Adoro Te Devote" by Thomas Aquinas --- Lord Jesus, Good Pelican, wash my filthiness and clean me with your blood, one drop of which can free the entire world of its sins,"

Eye with three rays emanating from it: a symbol of the "Eye of Providence" which comes from Psalm 33:18 --- "Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy" (KJV). The "eye is usually inscribed in an equilateral triangle to show the triune nature of God but here uses three rays.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: ~42"

Width: 14"

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

Pelican and Eye of Providence
Pelican and Eye of Providence

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