Red Doors

Scripture   |   Tradition   |   Reason

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Located inside the Parish Hall are two bright red doors that lead to the Sanctuary. These doors are the original, exterior doors in use during the 1964 Dedication of our original church building.
 
Red doors are traditional for the Episcopal Church and indicate that the entrance to the Church is through the Blood of Christ, symbolized by red (blood) and doors (entrance). Additionally, each door has an enameled Sanctuary Knocker affixed beneath each window.
 
As quoted from The Episcopal Handbook (2008 Church Publishing):

Why (Some Of) Our Church Doors Are Red

"Some call it tradition; others think it's just a snappy looking color. But the deeper reason belongs to our firm belief that our churches are refuges.
 
Like many churches, Episcopal parishes use red to let the world know what we're about. Red is the color of Christ's 
 blood. It is the symbol of the sacrifice of the martyrs. It is the presence of the Holy Spirit. And it marks the holy ground that lies just beyond its doors.  We like to think that red tells the world we're a safe place. We're a peaceful place. We're a place of refuge.
Historically, churches painted their doors red to signal fleeing suspects that they were places of asylum (thank King Etheblert's English law, circa 600 C.E.). Today we know that the world is a scary place, full of people who are looking for places to find peace and forgiveness. While many people look at traditional churches as daunting and inhospitable (ever notice now many church doors are locked these days?) we hope that our red doors tell a different story.
 
Most Episcopalians are converts and many have had bad church experiences that have left them scarred or leery about God and God's people.  We know that churches are not so much museums for saints as they are hospitals for sinners.  So like hospitals display a red cross, we also like to advertise that we too are a place of healing and restoration. At our best our parishes help the wounded put their lives back together, provide comfort in time of need, and are open to all who knock."
Subpages (1): Sanctuary Knockers