“Softly here the quiet light doth fall. From the colored windows above the wall. Gently touching those who kneel to pray. With a faith and hope for peace each day.”
The art of visualizing Biblical themes in stained glass is ages old aiding and strengthening Christian worship both here and abroad. Let us consider the glory of stained glass.
Color has a way of expressing emotional ideas beyond the reach of words. Symbolism is the poets’ way of expressing spiritual ideals. Stained glass finds expression in symbolism.
From the rich spiritual region of the Middle Ages we have inherited a symbolism of color that is still recognized on our workaday world. The red cross of devotion and sacrifice carries its message around stricken world now to remind us that in the 21st century, pure red was the color of Divine Love, of passion and devotion, of self-sacrifice, courage and martyrdom. The Seraphim, nearest to the throne of God, symbols of Divine Love and Adoration, have wings of purest red.
Blue immediately glows before us as the graciously supporting color of red, so we acquiesce with those wise colorists who said that blue is the contemplative color, the color of Divine Wisdom as announced by the blue-winged Cherubim, who joins the Seraphim, around the throne of God. We will also symbolizes eternity, heaven itself, and the steadfastness of enduring loyalty that in our speech today we call true blue.
Green, the color of hope, springtime, youth and victory – Gold, which we characterize in the expression “good as gold”, the medieval masters said symbolizes spiritual treasures, worthy achievement and the good life, while ... Violet, in combination of blue and red, symbolizes justice, mystery, pain and penitence. It forms in some ancient window a beautiful background for shining silvery white, the symbol of faith, of the light of truth, of peace and serenity, - a radiant and significant symbol that is beautifully expressive.