11 a.m. Sunday morning is the principal service at Saint Mark's, livestreamed while the cathedral building is closed during the pandemic.
The Holy Eucharist is typically offered every Sunday morning. On occasion, Morning Prayer is offered instead. The liturgy features Scripture, hymns, sermons, and musical offerings. Visit the livestream page to view video of recent services, and check out recent service leaflets to learn more about the liturgy.
FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, OCTOBER–JUNE, 4:30 P.M.
The ancient practice of singing evening prayers is a longstanding tradition in cathedrals throughout the world, particularly those of the Anglican tradition. The Saint Mark’s Evensong Choir, an intergenerational choir of children, teenagers, and adults, offers this beautiful service once a month. It is always livestreamed. During the pandemic it is sung by a small group of musicians, safely distanced. Visit the Evensong page to learn more and to watch video of recent services.
9:30 P.M. IN THE CATHEDRAL NAVE, broadcast live on KING 98.1 FM, and offered as a podcast
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.
During the closure of the cathedral building, the office is chanted by a quartet of singers, appropriately distanced. The service is sometimes livestreamed—video of recent services may be seen here. More information can be found at complinechoir.org.
Beginning on February 24, Saint Mark's will offer an additional service of Morning Prayer each week. The service will be offered at 8:30 a.m. on February 24, and every Wednesday thereafter.
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SUNDAY SERVICES IN "NORMAL TIMES"
None of the services listed below will be offered in person until the current public health restrictions are officially lifted. The 11 a.m. Sunday morning liturgy and the 9:30 p.m. Sunday night Compline service will be livestreamed.
8 A.M. IN THOMSEN CHAPEL
Liturgy with sermon and hymns
9 A.M. IN THE CATHEDRAL NAVE
Liturgy with sermon, hymns, and music by the Saint Mark's Singers or the choirs of the Cathedral Choir School. Children's Chapel occurs during the 9 a.m. service, on the second Sunday of the month only. Childcare available.
11 A.M. IN THE CATHEDRAL NAVE
Liturgy and music reflecting the breadth and depth of the Episcopal tradition, with sermon, hymns and the Cathedral Choir. Childcare available.
7 P.M. IN THOMSEN CHAPEL
A contemplative Eucharist. There are times of silence for reflection, simple meditative music and lots of candlelight. For those who yearn for that place of quiet we hope you will find a home at this service.
4:30 P.M. IN THE CATHEDRAL NAVE (First Sundays, October through June)
The service of Evensong hails from the rich choral and liturgical heritage of the Episcopal and Anglican tradition. Sung in late afternoon or early evening as the light of day fades, Evensong offers psalms, hymns, prayers and canticles as a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for the day. The liturgy begins with a full procession of acolytes and incense. Sung by the Evensong Choir, including advanced choristers from the Senior Choristers and Cathedral Schola as well as auditioned adult singers, Choral Evensong is held on the first Sunday of the month, October through May at 4:30 p.m. Exceptions noted on the Choral Evensong page.
6 P.M. IN THE CATHEDRAL NAVE
In the sacred space of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, this spiritual practice is designed to improve health, release tension, and deepen spirituality. Read more here.
9:30 P.M. IN THE CATHEDRAL NAVE
A note on the use of incense
The use of incense in worship is extremely ancient, practiced continually for thousands of years, back to the time of the Hebrew scriptures and beyond. However, we acknowledge that the smoke causes respiratory difficulty for some people, and its use can, in practice, cause some people to feel excluded from worship. We use hypo-allergenic incense only at monthly Evensong services, the 11 a.m. Sunday service on major feast days (Easter, Pentecost, All Saint’s Day), 11 p.m. Christmas Eve, the Great Vigil of Easter (8:30 p.m.), and the "O" Antiphons service in early December (7 p.m.). For each of these there is an incense-free alternative service offered earlier the same day (with the exception of the Easter Vigil and "O" Antiphons service). All these services are live-streamed at saintmarks.org/livestream as well.