Cathedral Day 2024 is Saturday, April 27!

Cathedral Day is a “family reunion” for Episcopalians from across western Washington. It’s a time for connecting across congregations and experiencing all your cathedral has to offer.

This year’s Cathedral Day celebrates the idea of pilgrimage, with Saint Mark’s serving as your sacred destination.

Our Christian tradition holds dear the spiritual practice of making pilgrimages that profoundly shape our understanding of what it means to follow Christ. One need not travel across the globe to do so; one need only be open to the holy experience of discovering God anew on the way.

For centuries, cathedrals have served as Christian pilgrimage sites, drawing people of faith into the orbit of wonder and awe. This year, for Cathedral Day in the Diocese of Olympia, all are encouraged to consider the day’s journey as a pilgrimage to your cathedral.

As Jesus said to the first ones to follow him as people of The Way: "Come and see…" so are we invited to join on this journey together this Eastertide. Come and see…

Please RSVP for all attendees in order to secure your free food truck lunch. Your voucher(s) will be available at the event. Register using this link.

All congregations attending Cathedral Day (whether or not members of the congregation are being confirmed in the liturgy) are encourages to:

1. bring their parish banners to carry in the procession and

2. bring a small container of water from your part of the world. (The water you bring will be poured into the baptismal font during the liturgy and will be part of the water we use when we asperge the people as they remember their baptisms.)


The service will be livestreamed. After the service, an archive recording will be available on the website.


9 a.m.: Confirmation Rehearsal – Confirmands, Sponsors, Clergy, Church Representatives arrive for rehearsal, meet with Bishop Melissa Skelton.

10:10 a.m.: Assemble for Procession – Candidates, sponsors, clergy, and banner holders line up and prepare to process into Saint Mark’s. All congregations attending Cathedral Day are invited to bring their banners and be a part of this procession.

10:30 a.m.: Confirmation Liturgy – A liturgy of Holy Eucharist with the rites of confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation for candidates from parishes near and far will open with a grand, colorful procession of parish banners.

12 p.m.: Lunch – Food trucks will be at-the-ready outside the cathedral. Register your whole family here for a free lunch at your choice of three eateries.

12:30 p.m.: Activities for All Ages – Take a docent-led tour of the cathedral and crypt and see chalk art by WWII soldiers; jump in a bouncy castle sponsored by Camp Huston; hear a demonstration of the mighty Flentrop organ; launch recycled paper airplanes from the organ loft; participate in a collaborative art project; walk the labyrinth and greenbelt; visit the Leffer Garden; and, as a souvenir, bring seeds from our seed library back to your home or church!

What is Cathedral Day?

Cathedral Day is a celebration of the community of the Diocese of Olympia— a time for connecting across communities, experiencing your cathedral in a new light... and having a lot of fun. There’s something for everyone—no matter your age!

A liturgy of Holy Eucharist with the rites of confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation for candidates from parishes near and far will begin at 10:30 a.m., opening with a grand, colorful procession of parish banners. Following the service, all are invited to enjoy lunch from food trucks and participate in activities for all ages.

The schedule for the day and this year's special activities will be posted here soon!

Everyone is welcome to attend the liturgy at 10:30 a.m., and if you are unable to attend, you are still most welcome to participate in the afternoon activates and enjoy some delicious food.

Please register all attendees in order to receive your food truck vouchers.

Check out the 1-minute "teaser" video filmed in 2018 below:
Check out this special video invitation to Cathedral Day 2024 from Bishop Melissa Skelton and Dean Steve Thomason below:
Above: The first Cathedral Day in Seattle, May 1931
Check out the 2023 Cathedral Day liturgy below:

Previous Cathedral Day liturgy videos:

Video and service leaflets from past Cathedral Day liturgies can be found here: