“A Cathedral is not merely a building, indeed the building is simply an opportunity for carrying out certain large ideas in service and worship, larger and wider than is expected in the Parish Church. It may be anything that you and I shall choose to make it.”

– James Philip deBevers Kaye. Dean Kaye was Dean of the Cathedral during the original construction at the Eighth and Polk site. He is encrypted beneath the floor of the Sanctuary.

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History

Much of the majesty of Grace Episcopal Cathedral lies in its rich tradition of liturgy, music, worship, spiritual education, outreach and cultural offerings. In all of its services and ministrations, the Cathedral today “represents the dignity, simplicity, and magnificence of Christian worship as found in the Book of Common Prayer.” This description came from John …

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Architecture

Gothic architecture originated in central Europe in the period from the 11th to the 16th century. The name Gothic identifies with the ethnic origin of craftsmen who developed stone masonry to the highest level of structural efficiency to be achieved in the world at that time. Slender pointed arches, relatively thin walls and refined details, …

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St. Mary’s Chapel

When the Cathedral was finished in 1917, St. Mary’s Chapel was first consecrated as the McClintock Chapel. The Chapel was the gift of Dr. J. C. McClintock and his wife in memory of his father and mother. This “handsome morning Chapel in the late Tudor or Perpendicular style” served Grace Cathedral for weekday and smaller …

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The Windows of Grace

Prior to the November, 1975 fire… of the countless works of art in Grace Cathedral, many considered the beautiful stained glass windows the most outstanding. When Dean Kaye planned the Cathedral’s interior, he visualized the windows in terms of their teaching value. To that time, all of the stained glass was a copy of the …

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