WHERE’S MY BACKPACK? TRAVEL THEME CHALLENGE: Colorful: Stained Glass Window in Notre Dame de Chartres

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This vividly colorful stained glass window is taken inside the Basilica of Notre dame de Chartres in Chartres, France.  It depicts the events of the birth of Jesus, from the annunciation to the visit of the magi.  I cannot believe that Christmas is just in the corner, less than a month from now… These stained glass windows accomplish what the church has always done with these images and icons through the centuries – they have served as story books in images, especially back in the days when people did not go to school, but learned about the Bible stories through these images.  Today, people accuse the church of idolatry when they see icons and images, but here’s the difference: idolatry is going away from God and adoring something else, while these icons and statues are means to become closer to God.  You be the judge.  Obviously, the church does not teach that these statues and icons should be adored, so I don’t know where that critique is coming from, except for those people who are ignorant about it.  I personally love the icons and statues because they serve as reminders to me of the truths that are not visible; the Church as it is, is a visible sign of the invisible, and so are the sacraments and rituals and actions in the church.  These are meant to serve as an access to the invisible, transcendent realities; heck isn’t the entire world a visible sign of the presence of the creator, anyway?

This is my entry to Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack? Photo Challenge: Colorful.  Aren’t those windows so beautiful, colorful and meaningful?  Thanks.

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Comments

  1. beautiful! i love to be surrounded with holy reminders. they make prayers come naturally and more often thus making me closer to God. we’ve seen quite a number of stunning stained glass windows during our pilgrimages. i’m very grateful for that. 🙂

  2. They are wonderful.

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