Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church

  Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church

1307 Holmes  Kansas City, Missouri  64106

Founded in 1857, as the first Episcopal parish in Kansas City, St Mary’s has beckoned the faithful of downtown and surrounding communities from its current location at 13th and Holmes since June 1888. Many of Saint Mary’s Church windows were designed by Thomas Bower Pain who served as a senior warden at the church for many years. Pain was a stained glass designer and executive for the Campbell Paint and Glass Company. He was a prominent member of St. Mary’s until his death in 1936. Architect William Halsey Wood, 29, of Newark, New Jersey, designed the structure

The late Gothic and English revival structure entered the National Register of Historic Places in November 1978.

The above material is based in large part on the publication entitled Heart, Mind, and Spirit.

Nearly all of the church’s painted-art-glass windows were designed by Thomas Pain and fabricated in Kansas City.

St. Michael the Archangel

Created in memory of Thomas John Brooks Pain  (d.1881) father of Thomas John Bowyer Pain.

Angel with Incense

?????????????????? .The Angel with Incense window was given in memory of Thomas John Bowyer Pain’s daughter, Lilian Vera, who died aged six in 1889.

   O Saving Host  Thomas Aquinas

St. Mary Magdalene

?????????????????Given in 1906 by Reverend James Stewert-Smith, Rector of St Mary’s from 1891-1915.

St. Augustine of Canterbury

Given by St. Mary’s guild in 1908 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Father Stewert-Smith’s ordination into the priesthood.

St. Augustine (         ) was the first to hold the title of Archbishop of Canterbury.

St Margaret of Scotland

St Margaret (          ) encouraged a greater level of religious piety in Scotland.

Installed in 1908.

St Athanasius

Given in memory of Jerome Wilson Simpson (d. 1914)

St. Athanasius was the 4th century bishop of Alexandria.

On the banner “of one being with the Father” is from the Nicene Creed.

Bishop Samuel Seabury

Rev Samuel SeaburyGiven in memory of Mary McFarlane Ferguson.

At the end of the Revolutionary War, Reverend Samuel Seabury was instrumental in  organizing the Episcopal Church of the United States.

Upper West Windows


061_edited-1 copyGiven in memory of Lena Meyer McNamara (1874-1906)

Luke 1:26-38

Wedding at Cana

Wedding at CanaGiven in memory of Ines M. Keisel by her daughter Lula Blackburn

John 2:1-11

Below Tree of Jesse is the  ancestry of Jesus

Matthew 1 and Luke 3

There shall come forth a shoot…

Isaiah 11:1

Above is the continuation of the genealogy through Mary to Jesus


The NativityGiven by St Mary’s Guild in memory of the Reverend John Sword 9d.1911) Rector of St. Mary’s from 1886-1891.

Luke 2:1-12 and Matthew 1:18-24

Lower West Windows

The Ascension


Given in memory of Rachel Helena Day (d.1897)


The ResurrectionGiven in memory of William Ollis (d. 1902)

Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane

Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane

Given in memory of Phoebe Ollis (d. 1901)

Christ as Priest

????????????????Given in memory of Cpl. Robert William Emmett (d. 1900)

Designed by his wife, Dr. Edith Cookingham Emmett, and Father Stewert-Smith.

Installed in 1900

Restored in 1991

Col. Emmett was a firefighter who was injured in the line of duty and died of his injuries.

Yukon Window

Yukon WindowGiven by the Girls Friendly Society in thanksgiving for Hannah Ragan (d. 1910) a supporter of the church’s foreign missionary work.

The subject  of this window is  the Venerable Hudson Stuck who served as Archdeacon to Alaska and the Yukon in the early 20th century. He also participated in the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley in 1913.

Sister Mary Francis

Sister Mary Francis WindowGiven by Edward Hamill in memory of his mother, Jennie Hammond Hudson,  (d. 1883) who led the Order of the Holy Cross established at St. Mary’s in 1880.

Constance and Her Companions: The Martyrs of Memphis

Constance and the Martyrs of MemphisGiven in memory of Mary Webert Martin (d. 1921) who was a nurse by profession.

Installed in 1927

When the city of Memphis was struck by a Yellow Fever epidemic in 1878, more than half of the population fled the city. Among those who remained  were a group of nuns and priests who  stayed to care for the victims.  Only 800 of the 21000 who remained in the city survived the epidemic. All but one of the group memorialized in this window lost their lives.

Archbishop William Laud

Archbiship William Laud

Given in memory of L. R. Burnes (d. 1891)

This widow depicts William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury under Charles I, leaving his cell in the Tower of London to face his execution in 1645.

St. Stephen

St StephenGiven in memory of William Stephens (d. 1922)

Stephens and his bride Georgine Huddell Burnell were the first couple to be married in the church in 1888.

The window depicts St. Stephen, known as the first martyr of the church, immediately prior to his death by stoning.

Behold I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God

Acts 7:56

St. Alban

St AlbanGiven in memory of the Reverend George Charles Betts who served as Rector of St. Mary’s from 1872-1876.

St. Alban was a Briton who converted to Christianity in the late 3rd century.

The Angel of the Palm

Given in memory of Abigail Burt Monancy Saunders (d. 1881)

Latin inscription translates  “we adore you” and is excerpted from the liturgy of the Stations of the Cross.

Archangel Gabriel

Designed by Pain in memory of his mother Sarah Knght Pain (d. 1881)

Companion to the St. Michael window. Saints Michael and Gabriel are known traditionally as guardians of the Church.

The inscription on the banner translates as  Hail Mary full of grace.

In the St George Chapel

Resurrection and Ascension windows

Ascension Window

According to a 1920 history of the windows by Pain, these two windows were designed and fabricated in England.

Resurrection Window

Good Shepherd Window

The Good shepherdGiven in 1920 by the Reverend Edwin W. Merrill in memory of his adoptive mother.

Luke 15:1-7

Galahad Window

Sir Galahad WindowGiven in 1921 as a gift from Father Merrill, who served as Rector of St. Mary’s from 1918-1948 in memory of his dear friend, Ralph Albert Parker.

Chapel of the Annunciation

Trinity Window

Given by R. L. and Edith  Cookingham Emmett in memory of their daughter and only child who died in 1879 at the age of 3.

Inscription reads Blessed are the pure in heart.

Magnificat Window

Mary’s song of praise

My soul magnifies the Lord

Luke 1:46-55


4 Responses to Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church

  1. Philip Pain says:

    Just a small correction if I may. The Angel with Incense window was given in memory of Thomas John Bowyer Pain’s daughter, Lilian Vera, who died aged six. She was not his sister.


    • bappel2014 says:

      Thanks so much, Philip. I will make the correction. How do you know about this? Are you in Kansas City? Perhaps we can meet and I can learn more about the windows and the history of St Mary’s.


  2. Pingback: John Brooks Pain, butcher | London Street Views

    • bappel2014 says:

      Hi, London Street View, or should I just call you “Baldwin”? Thanks for sending me your response to my posting about Saint Mary Episcopal Church in Kansas City and Thomas John Bower Pain. Yours is the second follow-up I have received from the UK about the Pain family. I will help you make connection with members of the Pain family so you both may compare information and perhaps confirm the date of death for Thomas John Brooks Pain. You may want to communicate with Philip Pain at: Philip sent me a great deal of information about the family and may be a good resource for your project. I think your blog is wonderful. I am sorry I am not in London with enough time to explore the streets and places you so richly describe. Oh well, blogs are certainly wonderful for vicarious travelers. Bruce


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