The Meaning of Religious Stained Glass Icons 

The Meaning of Religious Stained Glass Icons 

Many different symbols may be found in various parts of a church stained glass window. This is quite typical in religious stained glass. Iconography was frequently used to tell vital stories to congregations of churches. A cross, for example, has a very clear significance. However, there are times when icons don’t have as obvious a meaning. Here are some of our favorite religious stained glass symbols and what they mean.

Church Stained Glass Iconography

  • A Dove: The dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit because it is associated with peace, which comes from God.
  • A Dove and Rainbow: The dove and the rainbow are symbols for endings, so they represent forgiveness.
  • A Chalice with Grapes: This is the most popular symbol for Holy Communion.
  • A Lamb: Since becoming the sacrificial lamb and the Lamb of God, which is depicted resting on the Book of Seven Seals in Revelation, it has been used as a symbol of Jesus Christ..
  • Messianic Rose: The Messianic Rose is a well-known Christian sign that symbolizes the promised Messiah. The desert will blossom as the rose at the advent of God’s kingdom of justice, according to the prophet Isaiah (43:18).
  • The Lion: The lion is a symbol of the tribe of Judah, which includes characteristics such as power, valor, and benevolence.
  • Fish: The Greek fish is a Christian symbol that refers to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It comes from being a covert sign in days gone by when it was dangerous to be a Christian.
  • Anchor: This is one of the oldest representations of Jesus Christ, dating from the catacombs.
  • Dragon: The dragon is a representation of Satan. It’s also a symbol of sin.
  • Leaf and Acorn: The acorn is a rare heraldic device. It represents the maturation of faith from tiny to robust, like that of a seed to as big as a tree.
  • Butterfly: It’s a lovely emblem that denotes rebirth and everlasting life.

To learn more about the lovely meaning behind your church’s stained glass, contact us today!

Martin Faith is a celebrated stained glass artisan from Glasgow, Scotland. In 1991, Martin moved from Scotland to the United States and brought with him his personal collection of antique glass. After opening his own studio, he began selling items from his collection and also creating new custom stained and leaded glass windows for customers in the Houston area. Today, Custom Stained Glass Houston is one of the largest and most successful studios of its kind, specializing in stained glass repair, church stained glass restoration, and residential privacy glass. Over the past thirty years, over 50,000 windows have been produced and sold for over 12,000 customers. The company has been highlighted on top media outlets such as HGTV, the DIY Network, CBS, and NBC and has earned national recognition.

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