Stained Glass And Its Symbolic Meanings

We are lucky enough here in Fort Collins, to have quite a bit of lovely stained glass. All around our wonderful city, churches, and chapels large and small, have some of the most outstanding stained glass in the country to grace our houses of God. But, what many people may not know is–stained glass here in Fort Collins and around the world actually has extremely deep meaning in its symbols and colors. In fact, most stained glass on churches is symbolic of other deeper spiritual concepts. So, besides being awe-inspiring, stained glass has meaning too. If you want to understand what the stained glass in your Fort Collins church represents, read below to find out more.

Why Symbols And Colors Were Used On Stained Glass

In churches here in Fort Collins, and around the world too, the symbols on wood carvings, tapestries and stained glass have meaning. While stained glass windows were made to be magnificent, they also had a dual purpose as an education tool. In the Gothic times, poor people were unable to read, so the churches by using pictures, symbols, and colors, were able to educate the commoners by using stained glass much like a picture book. In fact, stained glass windows were called “ The Bible of the Poor” due to the fact they were so heavily involved in instructing illiterate peasants. However, even after reading became the norm, these symbols, and colors, already established in their meaning, continued until this day to be used to convey specific spiritual messages.

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

Black: Death
Blue: Heavenly Love, Virgin
Brown: Death
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

If your Fort Collins church has stained glass that you would like to restore, repair and ultimately preserve for the next generation, contact us at Fort Collins Stained Glass today!