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
O Saving Host Thomas Aquinas
St. Mary Magdalene
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.
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
At the end of the Revolutionary War, Reverend Samuel Seabury was instrumental in organizing the Episcopal Church of the United States.
Upper West Windows
Wedding at Cana
Below Tree of Jesse is the ancestry of Jesus
Matthew 1 and Luke 3
There shall come forth a shoot…
Above is the continuation of the genealogy through Mary to Jesus
Luke 2:1-12 and Matthew 1:18-24
Lower West Windows
Given in memory of Rachel Helena Day (d.1897)
Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane
Given in memory of Phoebe Ollis (d. 1901)
Christ as Priest
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.
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
Constance and Her Companions: The Martyrs of Memphis
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
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.
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
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.
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
According to a 1920 history of the windows by Pain, these two windows were designed and fabricated in England.
Good Shepherd Window
Chapel of the Annunciation
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.
Mary’s song of praise
My soul magnifies the Lord