The Great O Antiphons Advent Liturgy, 2020

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An Advent Message from Dean Thomason

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Please take a moment to watch a brief video message from Dean Steve Thomason, reflecting on the season of Advent that is about to begin, and highlighting a few of the cathedral's upcoming offerings.

See the complete schedule of events, and stay up to date with the changing situation at:

saintmarks.org/advent

Advent Hymn Sing! Hosted by Dean Thomason and Canon Kleinschmidt

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 4:30 P.M., via Zoom
Dean Thomason and Canon Kleinschmidt's first Hymn Sing was so much fun, they've decided to throw another one! They invite you to join in singing Advent hymns and carols via Zoom. Do you have a favorite hymn that expresses the Advent themes of longing, hope, and expectation? This is the occasion! Requests are encouraged, from any hymnal. Make your hymn request here. Join via the Zoom link here.

The First Sunday of Advent, 2020

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Sunday November 29, 11:00 a.m. The First Sunday of Advent

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If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

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“A Life On Our Planet” Watch Party

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 5–7:15 P.M.

 "A Life On Our Planet" Watch Party, Sponsored by 20s&30s and Creation Care ministry

Celebrate a greener holiday season. Join the 20s30s and Creation Care for a watch party via Zoom to view and discuss David Attenborough's documentary, "A Life On Our Planet."  We'll share observations and eco-friendly ways to keep the season festive while thinking about how these actions can become practices that open us to deeper spiritual connections. Prior to the film, we'll send participants vegetarian friendly appetizers from our own Chef Carolina. Questions? Email Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com).

Register using this link.

See the trailer below:

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Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: December 6, 2020

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On Thursday, December 3, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns to be sung at the morning and afternoon liturgies this coming Sunday, December 6, 2020, the Second Sunday of Advent. NB: Due to an internet interruption, the first video ended prematurely. The presentation is completed in PART 2.

The hymns discussed are:

  • Hymn #65, "Prepare the way, O Zion,"
  • Hymn #75, "There's a voice in the wilderness crying,"
  • Hymn #76, "On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry,"
  • Hymn #272, "The great forerunner of the morn,"

...plus a few words about this Sunday's organ voluntaries.

Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live.

Thanksgiving Day Holy Eucharist, 2020

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The Last Sunday after Pentecost – The Feast of Christ the King, 2020

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Sunday November 22, 11:00 a.m. The Last Sunday after Pentecost: The Feast of Christ the King

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If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Looking for the Livestream video archive? It now has its own page here

Native American Flute Songs

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GARY STROUTSOS, WORLD FLUTE ARTIST

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Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Gary Stroutsos’ live performances have captivated audiences around the world. His meditative flute music evokes the lands and cultures that he has studied over the course of his 36-year career. Gary’s mission is to carry the music forward to future generations and to promote stewardship of diverse cultures and the natural environment. The sound of Native American flutes played by Gary in the acoustical environment of Saint Mark’s Cathedral is breathtaking. This concert is offered with special appreciation for Native American Heritage Month.

Outdoor Diocesan Confirmation Service, November 21, 2020

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Saturday, November 21, 2020 10:30 a.m. • An Outdoor Diocesan Service of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation

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Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.
  • Virtual Coffee Hour: Immediately following the Sunday morning service, everyone is welcome to gather in a Virtual Coffee Hour over Zoom. Join using this link.
  • If you experience any problems with the video player on this page, you may wish to try joining the simultaneous stream on Facebook instead.
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Blossom Abundantly—SSC Storytelling Fundraiser

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 12–12:30 P.M. (during regular virtual coffee hour), via Zoom.

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing.

— Isaiah 35:1–2a

JOIN US December 13 at 12 p.m. for a half-hour storytelling fundraiser that showcases how corps members continue to “Blossom Abundantly” in SSC.

Come and be inspired as corps members share stories of growth and formation. Discover the hopes and goals of this year's cohort, and hear how they are following the Way of Jesus.

Join using this link!

At the event, you will be invited to make a recurring donation in support of the Seattle Service Corps. Check out the tiers and rewards in the flyer below (click to enlarge, or download here):

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Ministry Celebration & Blessing for Canon Cristi’s Departure

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 12:30 P.M., via Zoom

Ministry Celebration & Blessing of Canon Cristi's Departure

Following the Service Corps presentation, during regular Virtual Coffee Hour on December 13, there will be a farewell blessing of The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman and a celebration of her ministry among us, on the occasion of her final Sunday at the cathedral.

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Thanksgiving Day Eucharist and Virtual Community Gathering

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HOLY EUCHARIST: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 10 A.M., streaming at saintmarks.org/livestream

Join Canon Nancy Ross and Canon Jennifer King Daugherty via livestream at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day for a service of Holy Eucharist, with prayers of gratitude for the abundance of the harvest and all the blessings of this life. Music will be offered by Canon Kleinschmidt and Associate Musician Rebekah Gilmore.


VIRTUAL COMMUNITY GATHERING WITH DEAN STEVE THOMASON: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 11:30 A.M.–12 P.M. (following the livestream Eucharist), via Zoom

NOTE: Feel free to join in early—Dean Steve and Kathy Thomason will be in the Zoom room from about 11:15 a.m.

Keenly aware of the fact that this Thanksgiving Day will be different for many of us than other years, all are welcome to gather via Zoom following the livestream service of Holy Eucharist for a time together, to enjoy each other’s company, sharing a few stories along the way. Dean Thomason will host. Settle in with a cup of coffee or tea, or a nibble of something if you like.

Join using this link.

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: November 22, 2020

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On Thursday, November 19, Associate Musician John Stuntebeck introduced the hymns to be sung at the livestreamed service of Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. this Sunday, November 22, The Last Sunday After Pentecost and the Feast of Christ the King. He also discusses the hymns for the 10 a.m. liturgy on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26. The Hymns discussed are: "" (#), ""(#555), and "Now thank we all our God" (#397).

The hymns discussed are:

  • Crown him with many crowns [Hymn #494]
  • Lead on, O King eternal! [Hymn #555]
  • Now thank we all our God [Hymn #397]

Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live. Please note there will be no Hymn Introduction next Thursday, November 26. Happy Thanksgiving!

Mirabai Starr Returns to Saint Mark’s

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UPDATE: The leaflet for the concluding liturgy of this event may now be downloaded here:

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 9:30-11:30 A.M., via Zoom (no fee; registration required) Hosted by Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral.

Luminous Night: A Spirituality of Loss, Grief, and Hope

Renowned interspiritual teacher Mirabai Starr returns to Saint Mark’s on December 5 to offer a virtual workshop on loss, grief, and hope.  She will share teachings from the mystics of various traditions that illumine the connection between loss, spiritual longing, and reframing the future. The teachings of the sixteenth-century Spanish saints Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross show us how we may approach the radical mystery that often accompanies loss and lament as a spiritual opportunity rather than as a problem requiring a solution. By engaging a contemplative approach, we cultivate an environment of emotional refuge and deep peace in which we can name and offer our burdens to the Holy One.

Our time together will include poetry and contemplative reading, deep dialog in small breakout groups, writing exercises, and a closing liturgy. We especially invite those who are grieving any kind of loss or those who find the holiday season a painful or difficult time. We will gather via Zoom. The event is free but pre-registration is required. Register for the workshop here. For more information, contact Canon Jennifer Daugherty at jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org.

Robert and Laura Ellen Muglia Present the Largest Gift in Saint Mark’s History

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Read Dean Thomason's message to the parish regarding this exciting news.

More information about the future of the St. Nicholas property can be found here.


Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral Receives an Extraordinary Gift

SEATTLE, WA— Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle, has received a major gift from long-time cathedral members Laura Ellen and Bob Muglia. Seventeen years ago, the cathedral joined with The Laura Ellen and Robert Muglia Family Foundation to acquire the St. Nicholas Building, a historic school building immediately adjacent to the cathedral. In August of this year, the Muglias gifted their share of that joint venture to the cathedral. A small gathering took place Sunday, October 25, on the St. Nicholas grounds, at which the Muglias were recognized publicly for the first time as “silent partners” in the ownership of the property. To acknowledge and celebrate their recent gift, the Rev. Steven L. Thomason, Dean and Rector of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, said “This is the sort of legacy gift that frames the mission of a church across generations, and for that we are exceedingly grateful.”

Laura Ellen and Bob Muglia’s visionary leadership and extraordinary generosity were key in the acquisition of the St. Nicholas property in 2003, as an LLC partnership. Their original gift totaled $5 million.  The historic building has provided classrooms, auditorium space, and resource rooms for the cathedral parish, as well as space for two local non-profits, Bright Water Waldorf School and Gage Academy of Arts. The sublease income has been used to benefit the St. Nicholas property, including maintenance, improvements, and debt reduction.

At the October 25th event, a plaque honoring the Muglias was unveiled on the St. Nicholas façade. In her remarks at the event, Laura Ellen Muglia said, “Participating in this project has been a blessing in our lives. It is our fervent hope and prayer that having full access to this historic and beautiful property will enable the people of St. Mark’s to chart the next stage of how they want to live, love, and serve in the world.”

The Muglia Family Foundation has now gifted outright to Saint Mark’s Cathedral their share of ownership in the St. Nicholas property. The ultimate goal for acquiring the St. Nicholas site was, in their words, “to promote the vision, mission, strategic plan, and charitable purposes” of Saint Mark’s. Their generous gift furthers that missional goal. The entire cathedral community is deeply grateful to them.

Alternative Giving 2020: Online Christmas Giving Tree

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UPDATE! 

The generosity of Saint Mark's parishioners to the 2020 Alternative Giving opportunity was overwhelming. The cathedral ended up sending more gift cards to Casa Latina and Lowell Elementary than they asked for! For Lowell Elementary and Casa Latina, you gave $14,700—for a total of 588 gift cards, and that does NOT include gifts to Mary's Place (which collected donations directly). Know that our friends at Casa Latina and Lowell were so heartened—responding a resounding “WOW” and “That’s incredible!” THANK YOU to all who gave this year!


Yes! Saint Mark’s is still sharing Christmas joy with families from Casa Latina, Lowell Elementary School, and Mary’s Place even though we can’t meet in person! This year, we need donations for gift cards.

 

Donations for Casa Latina, Lowell Elementary School, & Mary's Place

Our neighbors have asked that Saint Mark’s provide gift cards rather than physical gifts this year, for safety’s sake—so we are asking you for donations here to purchase a $25 gift card for each child for Casa Latina and Lowell Elementary School to distribute to their families. (We invite you to donate to Mary’s Place directly.)

In this year of so much hardship, your generosity means even more to these wonderful families, and the gifts cards will help parents provide food and toys for their children for the holidays. So instead of taking a tag from a tree, please think of how many children you might “buy a Christmas present for” and donate online here by December 7 so that we can provide the gift cards with plenty of time for families to shop! You may also donate by mailing a check to Saint Mark’s (with “gift cards” in the memo line), using the Venmo mobile app (@SaintMarksCathedralSeattle; put "gift cards" in the comment), or by calling Erik Donner at 206.323.0300 x217.

Photo: Last year's Giving Tree in Bloedel Hall.

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The Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, 2020

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“Pop-Up” Eucharist for Small Groups

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UPDATE: With the current surge in COVID cases, Pop-Up Eucharists have been postponed for safety’s sake. Please check back in the New Year, for rescheduling when it is safe to gather again.


The cathedral buildings are closed, but the Saint Mark’s community remains active, connected, and committed to the spiritual journey together. As we turn toward Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas, one new way to give thanks to God and nurture our common life is through hosting a “Pop-Up” Eucharist!

Parishioners are invited to gather a masked, socially distanced small group outdoors (5 or fewer people, or 10 or fewer if on Saint Mark’s lawn) for a simple Eucharist with one of the priests. This 20–30-minute service could take place anywhere—a private backyard, a park, or the cathedral lawn, for example. Just ample space for distancing requirements. The parishioner host ensures a table for the altar and chairs for all participants, and the priest will bring the rest. Gather together to share communion!

Watch Canon Daugherty's brief video introduction:

If you’d like to host or participate in a “Pop-Up” Eucharist, please contact Canon Jennifer jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org or any of the priests.

Participants will be required have their temperature taken upon arrival, as well as sign a waiver confirming that they have had no recent COVID symptoms or potential contact with COVID cases. Participants must remain masked and distanced at all time. 

“Blue Christmas” Candlelight Prayer with Clergy

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UPDATE: At this time, all the slots on Thursday afternoon have been claimed. Please call Erik Donner at 206-323-0300 x217 to schedule an alternative time to come to the nave.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 4–8 p.m. by reservationor another day by appointment;.

Saint Mark’s has a long-standing tradition of holding space for “Blue Christmas” – prayerful care and companionship for those who find the holiday season a painful or difficult time. This year, we offer two particular opportunities to offer grief and lament to  the Holy One who loves us. A Saturday morning workshop and liturgy, Luminous Night: A Spirituality of Loss, Grief, and Hope with interspiritual teacher Mirabai Starr is December 5.

And Blue Christmas Candlelight Prayer with Clergy is the evening of December 17, where you are invited to come to Saint Mark’s for 20-minute prayer sessions. Prayer sessions will take place  in the quiet and peace of the cathedral nave. There are two slots available in each time period, and a party of individuals from the same household may claim a single slot.

While there, you may pray on your own or light a candle to remember a special person, people, or to acknowledge other intentions you hold in your heart. If you desire, you may also talk privately with a clergy member (masked and distanced).

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Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: November 15, 2020

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On Thursday, November 12, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns that will be sung at the morning service this coming Sunday, November 15. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

The hymns discussed are:

  • Christ whose glory fills the skies  [Hymn #7]
  • Rise up, ye saints of God! [Hymn #551]

...plus a few words about the the All-Parish Virtual Choir. Submissions are due this Sunday; please participate!

Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live.

Altar in the World: A Pre-Thanksgiving Offering of Service and Prayer

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 10–11:30 A.M. (mini-pilgrimage), 12 P.M. (prayer service)

Watch video of the concluding prayer service:

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As the season changes and the weather becomes colder, Saint Mark’s offers an opportunity to remember and be of service to those in our community who lack safe and secure shelter. Participants will create small care packages, known as “Manna Bags,” containing items that people experiencing homelessness themselves have said are most useful to them. The act of assembling these bags will be an opportunity to prayerfully reflect upon our responsibility to serve Christ in all people, and to respect the dignity of all our neighbors. This offering includes three parts. Community members of all ages are welcome to participate in any or all of the following, as they feel able.

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A Message of Gratitude from the Saint Mark’s Stewardship Ministry

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The members of the Stewardship Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral have made the following video message to express their gratitude for all who have participated in this year's annual Stewardship campaign.

Please take a moment to watch, including a bit of special music played by Canon Kleinschmidt at the end.

You can still make your annual pledge!

Please visit saintmarks.org/stewardship, or contact Erik Donner in the cathedral office: edonner@saintmarks.org or 206.323.0300 x217.

The 2020 “O” Antiphons Serivce

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UPDATE: The full video of this year's service may be seen below. Download this year's service leaflet here. Scroll down for more information!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 7 P.M., livestreamed at saintmarks.org/livestream

The annual "O" Antiphons Liturgy is considered by many to be a highlight of the liturgical year at Saint Mark's. The particular form of this liturgy that we use was invented here, first presented in 1986, and is today used by churches around the world. It is structured around the seven medieval antiphons, each beginning with the word "O ," which also form the basis of the Hymn "O Come O Come Emmanuel." This beloved cathedral tradition provides a moving and evocative entrance into the Advent season of prayerful expectation. This year's event will offer the familiar service reimagined for the medium of livestream, with a number of exciting musical and liturgical elements in store, culminating in Saint Mark's grandest virtual choir presentation yet.

 


About the "O" Antiphons Service

Advent Processions have been offered at Saint Mark’s Cathedral for many years, though known by several names: Advent Vespers, Advent Lessons and Carols, etc. In 1986, a liturgy using the Great “O” Antiphons as a framework was developed and presented here for the first time. Today, the form of this liturgy created here is used in churches around the world. In normal times, it is one of the few opportunities each year to hear the Compline Choir, the Cathedral Choir, and the Choir School collaborate in a single service  Through the decades, former music directors Peter Hallock and Mel Bulter have written a number of works especially for this service, these choirs, and the space of the cathedral nave—these include several settings of the O Antiphons themselves, the processional anthem "Let My Prayer Come Up as the Incense," and the arrangement used for the culminating rendition of "O Come O Come Emmanuel," among others.

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Cathedral Bees Update—Fall 2020

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We are happy to report that we continue to have two thriving hives on the roof of Bloedel Hall. We are especially grateful for the steady help and interest of Jaime Rubio. He has given our bees the extra daily attention they’ve needed this season. It’s been enjoyable to watch the hives flourish. We witness healthy behavior including the bees fanning their wings to regulate temperature in the hive. We continue to see lots of yellow pollen coming in.

It became apparent that we have relatively high numbers of varroa mites which is a huge problem for all beekeepers. A recent commentary says probably every hive in the US has some mite infestation so we decided it was time to bite the bullet and treat using oxalic acid vapor. Thus my “super mask” in the photo below. Since mites get into the cells where eggs are laid by the queen, three rounds of the acid treatment are required to successfully reduce the mite population. This can be done with very little damage to the bees.

You may be wondering about the honey.  We will be leaving honey in the hive this winter so the bees have plenty of nourishment through the wet, cold weather. We hope to harvest next year after the bees have survived and when pandemic precautions are no longer an issue. We ask you to remain patient and continue praying for the health of our winged friends.

Peace to all,
Rob Reid


See previous Cathedral Bees updates here.

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