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

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Window

Building Name: Historic Trinity Lutheran Church

Studio Name: Detroit Stained Glass Works, The

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1930

Subject/Title of Window: Hour Glass and Crown with Cross and Laurel Branch

Brief Description of Subject: This decorative façade window was designed to let light into the stairway leading up to the balcony. It is shaped in the form of a lit candle symbolizing Christ --- "I am the light of the world," (John 8:12).

The window features two symbols:
Hour glass: An hour glass measures the passage of time with falling sand, thus it seen as a reminder that our time on earth is running out.
Cross and laurel branch in a crown: The "Crown of Life" is what awaits us after bearing our cross on earth --- James 1:12 "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised those that love him." The laurel branch symbolizes triumph over death --- eternal life.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 3'

Width: 1'

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

Hour Glass and Crown with Cross and Laurel Branch
Hour Glass and Crown with Cross and Laurel Branch
Hour Glass and Crown with Cross and Laurel Branch outside
Hour Glass and Crown with Cross and Laurel Branch outside

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