Brahms Window

Brahms WindowThe Brahms Window is the third from the front on the south side of the church. The dominant color of red is balanced by rich blues and yellows. The central figure of Johannes Brahms [1833-1897] is flanked by smaller figures garbed in red representing “Concord” on the left and “Unison” on the right.

At the top of the lancet is a heavenly dove of the Holy Spirit with beams of spiritual light radiating down to a trio of angels in red playing a lute, a viol, and a psaltery, the flat box with strings that are plucked or struck with a hammer. Around the top of the window is the quotation, “Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness” [Psalm 30:4]. On either side of the figure of Brahms is inscribed, ” My heart trusted in him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him” [Psalm 28:7].

Johannes Brahms was a composer of organ, choral, piano, symphonic, and chamber music, rich in melody, texture, and harmony. His symphonies and his choral Requiem are especially popular.

The window is a memorial to Harold Rhes Lloyd (1879-1959), given by his sister, Myfanny Lloyd (1891-1984). Harold Lloyd was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, a vestryman in St. Andrew’s Church for seven years, and a member of the choir for sixteen years.

The window was created by James Powell and Sons (Whitefriars) of Middlesex, England, and dedicated in 1962. The hooded monk, the Whitefriars’ logo, can be found in the lower right corner of the window.

Researched by Rohn Federbush

Back to Windows of St. Andrews >