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Lighting the darkness

Story and photos by Julia Hart SUNNYSIDE — Since ancient times, artists have sought ways to shape bits of glass into things of beauty. During the Renaissance age, stained glass windows became popular fixtures in the massive Catholic cathedrals and even small country churches. In many cases, the carefully crafts windows were used to illustrate biblical stories. Often the windows were used to depict saints and heroes of the Bible. Many also served as symbols of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. During the season of light, it is a wonderful time to reflect on those stores as featured in the artistry of colored glass located in nearly every church in the community.

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Jesus Christ is often depicted as a king, as he is in this large trio of stained glass panels located in the chapel of Sunnyside’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 327 E. Edison Ave.

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Some of the oldest stained glass windows in Sunnyside are featured in the original Holy Trinity Episcopal Church chapel, tucked in behind the main church on East Edison. One of the earliest church formed in the community, Holy Trinity Episcopal has provided services to the faithful for more than 100 years.

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A newer window provides northern light in shades of yellow at Sunnyside’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

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A star, a stable and a dark night are all iconic symbols of the Christmas season. This panel is part of stained glass series on display at Sunnyside’s Calvary Lutheran Church, 804 S. 11th St. The panels were given to the church in memory of Betty Anderson, a longtime member of the church.

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A brilliant red star is centered in a series of stained glass windows in a classroom at Sunnyside‘s Grace Brethren Church, 703 Franklin Ave.

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A slightly more modern take on stained glass installations is found in the Sunnyside United Methodist Church at 906 E. Edison Ave. The church was built in 1957 at its currently location.

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