The use of stained glass windowns in houses of worship dates back hundreds of years. While they certainly offer aesthetic beauty, their primary purpose was to depict Biblical stories. During times when literacy rates were low, stained glass windows not only served as remainders of Bible verses, but also made Biblical teachings more accessible to the masses.
Click through the slide show below for a virtual tour of Salem's windows - or better yet, stop by to see them in person!
Christ Blessing the Children
Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs, And he laid his hands upon them and went on his way.
Christ with the Crown of Thorns
And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and the dressed him in a purple robe.