Commuters passing the intersection of Warner and Rural roads are now seeing red. But wait, this is all in the spirit of honoring an ancient church tradition. Ahwatukee high-schoolers, Cam and Morgan Henson, members of St. James Episcopal Church and Preschool, wanted to recapture the red door tradition and remind everyone of the history behind those red doors. So they got to work transforming the entrance gates from dull desert brown to glorious red. Their parents, Larry and Lindley Henson, and friend, Ashley Czarsty, also pitched in.
The Episcopal tradition of red church doors is part of a longer legacy. The tradition began in the Middle Ages in England, where red church doors were easily identifiable as the threshold into a place of sanctuary. No soldier could pursue anyone inside a church, because it’s a place of refuge from all violence, a holy place, or hallowed ground. From a spiritual perspective, the red doors also represent Christ’s blood, the blood of the martyrs, and the color of the Holy Spirit.