The Office of Compline
A beloved Seattle institution since 1956, the all-male Compline Choir sings the last monastic office of the day every Sunday at 9:30 p.m. When the cathedral building is open, hundreds pack the nave each week for this meditative service, while thousands more listen to the broadcast on KING-FM, 98.1, streaming online at king.org, or via the podcast.
The service will remain closed to the public until Phase 4, but live broadcasts continue uninterrupted each week on KING 98.1 FM, or streaming at king.org, and as a podcast. The office is chanted by a quartet of singers, appropriately distanced. The service is sometimes livestreamed—video of recent services may be seen below. More information can be found at complinechoir.org.
The Order of Service for the office of Compline as it is sung at Saint Mark's—the so-called "Seattle Rite"—may be seenhere.
NEW: Beginning during the closure, the texts of the hymns and anthems to be sung at Compline are posted each week on The Compline Underground blog.
Listen & read more:
"Compline: A Spiritual Awakening" is a brief video about the Compline service and the Compline Choir at Saint Mark's Cathedral, produced in 2013 by Austin Rickel & George Carman.
The Women's Compline Choir of Saint Mark's
In the summer of 2019, the men of the Compline Choir traveled to the U.K. for two weeks, serving residencies in Canterbury and Salisbury. To cover the services during absence, Saint Mark's Associate Musician Rebekah Gilmore was asked to assemble an all-female choir of 21 voices, comprising some of the most accomplished choral singers in the Seattle area. The services they sang, the first all-female services in the 63-year history of Compline at Saint Mark's, were deeply moving to many, and may be heard here. It was decided that "Women's Compline" would become an annual summer offering from Saint Mark's. Although during the pandemic of 2020 the full choir could not assemble, a quartet of singers drawn from the women's choir again chanted the office on July 19 & 26.