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

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Building Name: Christ Church Cranbrook

Studio Name: D'Ascenzo Studio

City: Bloomfield Hills

Window Shape: 6 (gothic arched, over 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1927

Subject/Title of Window: Life of Christ

Brief Description of Subject: Scenes from the life of Christ are depicted in twelve medallions, ranging from the Nativity (upper left corner) to the Ascension (lower right corner). The Crucifixion is at the top center lancet and the Resurrection at the top of the right lancet, thus placing the three defining episodes in the life of Christ across the top. 1. Nativity- “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14). 2. Jesus’ Discussion with the Doctors-”A little child shall lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6). 3. Baptism-”Behold the Lamb of God.” (John 1:39). 4. Raising the Dead at Nain-”I say unto thee, Arise.” (Luke 7:14). 5. Washing the Apostles’ Feet-”Through love be servants to one another.” 6. The Last Supper-”Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19). 7. The Agony of the Garden of Gethsemane-”Not my will, but thine be done.” (Luke 22:42). 8. Calvary-”And they crucified him.” (Luke 23:33). 9. the Resurrection-”The Lord is risen indeed.” (Luke 24:34). 10. Resurrection Appearances, On the Road to Emmaus-”Behooved it not the Christ to suffer?” (Luke 24:26). 11. Whitsunday or Pentecost-”They are filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:4) 12. The Ascension-”Lo, I am with you always.” (Matthew 28:20). In the tracery at the top are symbols of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and two crosses with the Greek letters Alpha and Omega, suggesting the creation, including human history, from the beginning to the end.

Inscriptions: At the base of the window are depicted a bride and groom, with this inscription: “This window is erected in joyful remembrance of September 27, 1924, whereon Carolyn and Henry Booth were united in Marriage.”
Each of the 12 medallions representing scenes from the life of Christ has an accompanying quotation from the Bible.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 30'

Width: 8'

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

Life of Christ
Life of Christ
Life of Christ sketch
Life of Christ sketch

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