By assembling bits of multicolored glass into an intricate pattern, artisans could help everyday believers who could not read which was most of them understand the Bible.
"Medieval man experienced a window more than he read it," according to the Art Glass essay. "It made the church that special, sacred dwelling place of an all-powerful God."
Many Utah churches and synagogues, historic and modern, feature stained glass as an avenue for storytelling and worship. From simple details such as a dove, signifying peace or the Holy Spirit, or a menorah, suggesting the miracle of faith, to a panorama of apostles and evangelists, these windows are a gift, not just to believers but to all Utahns.
Here is a photographic sample of the many lovely windows that dot the area's religious landscape.
Peggy Fletcher Stack
The art of faith a yearlong series
P Throughout 2011, The Salt Lake Tribune is featuring a monthly series about religious art and artisans. Today: Some of area churches' stained-glass treasures.
To view a gallery of these windows and more, go to www.sltrib.com.
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