"Angels Lead You" Patient Room Window, Mercy Hospice, Scranton Pa
Inspiration for this design came from knowledge that the woman in whose memory it was commissioned collected representations of angels and from common beliefs about the roles of angels in human life. Bible stories tell of angels carrying messages from God and ministering to human beings. Catholic liturgical prayers call upon angels to greet the dying: "Hasten to meet her, angels of the Lord! Receive her soul and present her to God the Most High"(Song of Farewell).
To convey angels as spiritual beings without human bodies, their shapes in the window are ambiguous. Colors and lines interlace and the angels' hair and garments, if that is what they are, appear to float. Their faces, which do not have features, are made of neodymium glass which changes color under different light conditions and reflects light at night.
Since installation in a patient room, staff and relatives have reported that patients and family feel special comfort. We, the artists, pray that angels minister to each person who stays in that room, guide those who provide care, and comfort those who love them.
The window is made of German mouth-blown glass, hand-poured opalescent glass from Connellsville, Pennsylvania, and lead came.
Dimensions: 35.6" x 34.6" upper lite, 16.1" x 34.6" lower lite
Made in North Abington Twp, PA
By Paulukonis Studio
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