Stained glass windows are beautiful. The add beauty and color to whatever room they are found. If they are in a church, however, they add more than beauty. At one point in their history, they served a far more valuable purpose.
Centuries ago, very few people could read. The Gospel, outside of church services, was closed to those who were unlettered. The windows communicated the story of the Gospel, the story of Mercy and Love.
Today, however, most windows seem only to serve a utilitarian purpose- they case pretty colors into the worship space. That, to me, is rather sad.
I am sharing with you some of my favorite windows in El Paso, and Las Cruces. I hope you enjoy the beauty of these windows, as well as appreciate the story they tell.
Click on any image, and you will get to see a larger version of it.
Pax et Bonum,
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
Immaculate Conception Church
Most Holy Trinity
Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church
Our Lady of Health, Las Cruces, NM
Saint Clement’s Anglican Church
Windows From Various Churches in El Paso, Texas
© Steven E. Cottingham