Infinite Tranquillity

The moment I step into a church I sense the tranquillity of the place – especially when the church has emptied of its occupants and there are no longer voices echoing between the walls.

Inside a Mauritian church. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
Inside a Mauritian church. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The rows of benches stretch over the interior of the quiet church give one the impression of infinite tranquillity.

What do you sense when you step inside a church?

(This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge by WordPress)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

A Stained Glass Window

The windows we have looking out onto the world can be made to look interesting: the fabric we choose to surround them with can be rich and colourful; flowers can be placed near them to enhance the look; sofas can be placed near them to encourage one to look out and daydream.

The type of window I do admire the most, though, is the stained glass window made in years gone by. The aim of the window is not to encourage one to look out; instead it encourages one to reflect on the scene being presented. In the big cathedrals, many stories are told by the artist within the glass. When we visited some of the churches in Mauritius, I was surprised to see that even some of the smaller churches have these colourful windows. At the one church in particular, I admired the windows that surround the Virgin Mary.

Stained glass windows of the Virgin Mary. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
Stained glass windows of the Virgin Mary. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The light shining through the glass enhanced the spirituality the artist had focused on.

Do you enjoy looking at stained glass windows in churches?

(This post was inspired by Jake’s prompt: window)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013