Sacred Spaces

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Summer at Saint Mark's Cathedral

Come experience and encounter the sacred spaces of Saint Mark’s Cathedral through art, music, journey and story this summer.

From Monday, July 8 through Sunday, August 18, the cathedral will be open at special times for weekday opportunities for self-guided and docent-led tours, quiet contemplation and experiences of creativity.


WEDNESDAYS: 9:30 A.M.–4:30 P.M.

SUNDAYS: 12:30–2:30 P.M.

A variety of scheduled offerings will occur during these opening hours, along with special events and pop-up opportunities at other times. These one-off Sacred Spaces events will continue through January 2025! Watch this page and the cathedral newsletter for more information as it becomes available. Questions? Email



  • 5–9 p.m.Cathedral is open
    • 5–6:30 p.m.Self-guided tours
    • 6:30–7:30 p.m.Cathedral Yoga
    • 7:45 p.m.Docent-led tour*
      On July 15, Cathedral Yoga concludes with an extended Sound Bath savasana, ending at approximately 8 p.m. The tour will begin following the conclusion of class. 


  • 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.Cathedral is open for self-guided tours, art experiences, and quiet contemplation
    • 10 a.m.–2 p.m.Leffler Garden is open
    • 12 p.m.Noonday Prayer
    • 12:30 p.m.Docent-led tour
    • 1:30 p.m. — Recital of live music


  • 12:30 –2:30 p.m.Cathedral is open for self-guided tours, art experiences, and quiet contemplation
    • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.Leffler Garden is open
    • 12:30 p.m.Docent-led tour
    • 1:30 p.m. — Recital of live music
    • 9:30 p.m.Compline



  • LABYRINTH: Walk the outdoor labyrinth on the front lawn (accessible 24 hours a day) or the indoor labyrinth in Compline Corner (whenever the nave is open). Finger labyrinths will also be available, along with a selection of books and materials for all ages about engaging with the labyrinth as a spiritual tool.
  • GARDENS: Bring your own picnic on the front lawn and enjoy the beautiful ornamental plantings by the Garden Ministry, explore the Saint Mark’s Greenbelt, and visit the Leffler Vegetable Garden (when it is open on Sundays and Wednesdays). Check out the Seed Library in the cathedral nave, where you can take seeds for planting and bring seeds from your own garden for others to use. Engaging with the gardens and gardening serves as an invitation to consider Creation Care as a spiritual practice.
  • CHILDREN'S CORNER: Whenever the cathedral is open, so is the Children's Corner, with a variety of creative and reflective activities appropriate for a range of ages, along with a curated selection of picture books and toys. A cathedral coloring book and a family guide will be available.
  • ART INSTALLATIONS: During the summer the cathedral nave will contain a set of three large-scale worship-themed installations by artist Sandy Nelson created in collaboration with the community of Saint Mark's: Communion of Saints, Waters of Baptism, and Hands of Pilgrimage. A video of Sandy introducing these site-specific works will also be available.

Keep an eye out for announcements about additional pop-up Sacred Spaces events, such as art talks with Sandy Nelson, summer yoga on the lawn, outdoor Taizé prayer on the labyrinth, and more!

This program is made possible through a "Vital Worship, Vital Preaching" Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.


Art Installations by Sandy Nelson 

Three large-scale installations by artist, designer, and cathedral community member Sandy Nelson, titled Communion of Saints, Waters of Baptism, and Hands of Pilgrimage, will be on display in the cathedral nave for the duration of the Sacred Spaces offerings. All three were created in collaboration with members of the Saint Mark's community of all ages. Hear Sandy explain each of the works in the videos below:

Wednesday and Sunday Recitals


A variety of musicians from the cathedral community and beyond will offer brief (30–45 minute) recitals between July 8 and August 18.

Wednesday, July 10 - Adrian Golay, cello

Sunday, July 14 - David Poortinga, piano

Wednesday July 17 -

Sunday, July 21 -

Choir Camp Concluding Evensong 

FRIDAY, JULY 19. 4 P.M., in the cathedral nave and livestreamed

The Senior Choristers participants in 2024 Cathedral Choir Camp will show off what they have learned in a service of Choral Evensong on Friday afternoon. Note the slightly earlier time (4 p.m.) than usual Sunday Evensong. (Note: Choir Campers will also offer music at Sunday morning services on July 20.)

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