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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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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: Chorister of Hosanna

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

To the South are the Choristers, the Angels who have turned men to singing great praises and who have inspired heavenly poetry in men’s souls.

This is the Angel who inspired the multitude on Psalm Sunday to sing Hosannahs and Praises to the Lord.

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).

Choister of Hosanna
Choister of Hosanna
Choisters of Peace on Earth/Hosanna
Choisters of Peace on Earth/Hosanna
Choisters of Hosanna, Willet studio sketch
Choisters of Hosanna, Willet studio sketch

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