Stained glass is a widely used art form that has been adapted to the decoration of church buildings or religiously oriented structures (and sometimes homes and other buildings).
Chiefly, stained glass has become an expression of religion. Its best use is a perpetually decorative and silent proclamation of the story of God’s love.
Stained glass is an art form in itself. Good stained glass becomes a part of the architectural whole; as a window, it is a part of the wall.
Originated in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, stained glass windows have become in many instances great art treasures—for example, the windows of the Cathedrals of Chartres and Mont St. Michele.
The stained-glass windows at Assumption each tell a story from the Bible. Can you identify these Bible narratives from the scene depicted? (9:48)