Understanding The Symbolism of Church Stained Glass


Stained glass is a lovely artform as anyone who goes to church or lives in a Fort Collins home that has it knows. The way it refracts the light is simply gorgeous and for believers, it can be downright ethereal.  In ways that have what contributed to the success of stained glass from the very start. It was beautiful but significant on a spiritual level as well.  This goes for the colors on stained glass as well. While these colors, of course, made up the overall artistic look in a stained glass window–they also meant something spiritually to those viewing.  For the poor this often meant understanding the text of the gospel they couldn’t read. For the rich–these colors reflected a way to live a better life. Read below to find out what each color stood for to both.

Stained glass colors symbolism

Red: As a representation of the blood of Christ this color often indicated strong emotions.  Things like love or hate were commonly associated with this color in stained glass. Also suffering and sacrifice from both Jesus and the martyred saints.

Blue: This color often symbolized heaven.  As such it also translated to representing hope, sincerity, and piety. The Virgin Mary is often seen wearing blue as a result.

Green: As the color of grass and nature green is an indication of spring and growth.  It accordingly represents rebirth, life and life over death in stained glass. It can also be a symbol of faith, immortality, and contemplation.

Yellow: Sometimes this color symbolizes treachery like that of Judas.  However, it is more common to see it used as the halo of saints and the Gates of Heaven.  In this context, it symbolizes divinity, power, and glory.

These are the colors most seen and stained glass in churches.  Next time you see a stained glass window hopefully you will have more insight into what the artwork means below the surface.  For more information on church stained glass contact us Scottish Stained Glass in Fort Collins today!

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