I always appreciate a stained glass window, no matter how small and simple or large and detailed. They unfailingly catch my eye and make the day a little brighter. Here's a very small selection of personal favourites from churches I've seen over the past few years.
Saint Paul's United Methodist Church, Helena, Montana
The rose window from a church of modern/industrial design. The clear and yellow round pieces are about one and a half inches thick in the centre and give the captured light a dimensional quality...when you move, the light moves along with you.
Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Some sections of the windows at Saint Pat's are constructed with glass that's at least a half inch thick. Unlike the thicker rounded pieces mentioned above, here the edges are chipped to fit into the leading. These chipped edges catch the light at different angles to create quite a dazzling display. See how the crosses in the upper and lower sections have "extra sparkle."
Saint Andrew's Anglican Church, Tompkins, Saskatchewan
A small town church with an exquisitely designed triptych of stained glass from England behind the altar. I have a friend whose father was the reverend here in the 1950's.
Saint Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Parish, Weyburn, Saskatchewan
A window of modern design. The "rays of light" in upper part of this window are spectacular and remind me of the "Jacob's Ladder" effect when sunlight streams down in rays between the clouds. My sister played organ here when she lived in Weyburn.
Saint James Catholic Church, Powers Lake, North Dakota
The arched window above the front doors. There are another seven larger windows of like design inside the church.
Nazareth Lutheran Church, Kenmare, North Dakota
One pair of windows from a large church in town. It was open and I could hear activity coming from the door leading downstairs . . . about a dozen ladies were quilting. I was just in time for afternoon tea.
Saint Luke's Catholic Church, Noonan, North Dakota
A rare combination of burnt orange and purple in this, the smallest of eight windows in the church. Many of the traditionally styled stained glass windows in this part of the world were designed and assembled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as are these.
Zion Lutheran Church, south of Noonan, North Dakota
The Ladies Aid donated this window to the church . . . I'm sure lots of cookies and Christmas cakes were sold to finance the purchase. Finding the maker's name in the lower left hand corner of the centre panel was a rare treat: Studios Ford-McNutt Glass Co. Mpls.
Lesje Lutheran Church, near Souris, North Dakota
It was frigidly cold outside and in the distance I could see smoke rising from the chimney of a big country church. It was warm inside and all ready for the Christmas service. It also had bathrooms! These are the windows that surround the front doors.
Trinity Lutheran Church, near Ambrose, North Dakota
An abandoned country church with simple stained glass panels in the windows. I was both surprised and pleased to see the windows mostly intact with only a few panels missing or broken. A bird had attached its nest just inside one of the broken panes.
Saint Barnabas Anglican Church, Medicine Hat, Alberta
I love this large five panel window. The expansive use of turquoise coloured glass around the main lower panels is unusual and attractive. The windows here are all from England. The same friend's father was reverend here in the 1960's.
Bethany Lutheran Church, Tilley, Alberta
These stained glass crosses are on the front doors of the church. The church itself is of Danish design and is quite a rarity in these parts.
Saint Paul Mission Church, Hays, Montana
My personal favourite in this collection of windows. This is the only church I've seen that visually celebrates native Americans. Nice to see that.
I hope you enjoyed the tour.
- Michael Truman