You may be surprised to learn that stained glass windows have been a staple of churches for more than a thousand years. The earliest stained glass windows can be traced back to the 12th century in Europe. There are several reasons why churches began having stained glasses windows made, but one of the main ones is that they are a unique and artistic way to tell a story.
Most churchgoers are used to listening to a priest read from the bible, and many people read the bible themselves in their spare time. But words can only convey so much, and the images that stained glass windows depict are often hauntingly beautiful. By placing a series of stained glass windows together, a church is able to tell a specific story from the bible such as the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
Unlike a sermon they may be told once a week, stained glass windows are always there to tell a story. Whether the church is full or it is being visited by one person, the windows will be able to remind churchgoers of unforgettable events from the bible at all times. They also allow each church to stand out from each other. No two stained glass windows are alike, and each specific artist has their own way of interpreting and conveying biblical passages.
Whether or not you’re a religious person, the next time you see a stained glass window in a church take some extra time to stop and appreciate its beauty.