Stained Glass And Its Symbolic Meanings
Here in Denver, CO we have quite a few churches with magnificent stained glass. All around our wonderful city, churches, and chapels large and small, have windows graced with absolutely stunning stained glass. However, what many people may not know is that, here in Denver, and around the world, church stained glass windows also have deep meaning in its symbols and colors. In fact, most stained glass windows on churches are symbolic of deeper spiritual concepts. So, besides being amazingly beautiful, stained glass has significant meaning too. If you want to understand what the stained glass in your Denver church symbolizes, read below to find out more.
Why Symbols And Colors Were Used On Stained Glass
In churches here in Denver and across the world for that matter, the symbols on wood carvings, tapestries, and stained glass all contain meaning. Of course, stained glass windows were made to be aesthetically attractive but had a dual purpose as an education tool. In the Gothic times, most people, especially poor ones, were unable to read. So, the churches, by using pictures, symbols, and colors on stained glass and other church features were able to educate the commoners. They were akin to picture books. In fact, stained glass windows were actually called “ The Bible of the Poor” due to the fact they were so heavily involved in instructing illiterate peasants. After reading became the norm, these symbols, and colors, which were already established in their meaning, continued to convey specific spiritual messages even to this day.
Common Stained Glass Symbols And Colors And Their Meaning
Jesus: Lifelike images, crosses, lambs, shepherds
The Holy Spirit: flames, winds, a white dove
The Saints: a man or woman; symbols associated with them, the manner in which they were martyred him or her
Virgin Mary: A female figure often wearing blue, the color blue
Stained Glass Color Symbolism
Blue: Heavenly Love, Virgin
Grey: Mourning, Humility
Green: Spring, Charity, Life over death
Purple: Royalty God The Father
Red: Love, Hate, Martyred
Violet: Love, Truth, Passion, Suffering
White/Gold: Innocence, Holiness
Yellow: Jealousy, Treason, Deceit
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