Nominate a Candidate for 2023 Vestry or Convention Delegate

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Nominations for candidates for the Saint Mark’s Vestry and for Delegates to Diocesan Convention are now open for 2023.

The Vestry is a group of laypeople elected by the parish who, along with the Rector, supervise and sustain the finances, facilities and grounds of the Cathedral. New members are needed both to serve on the Vestry and to act as delegates at next year's Diocesan Convention.

Members of the Nominating Committee will be in the back of the nave each Sunday in October to answer questions and accept names of those interested. If you would like to nominate someone or would like more information about either of these important roles, please send an email to nominations@saintmarks.org or visit the Vestry page of the cathedral website. Thank you!

20s/30s Game Night

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 7–9 p.m., Leffler House

Bring your favorite game and a snack or appetizer to share. Betsy Heimburger will have a selection of games on hand, and you are invited to bring your favorite to share with the group, too. A light meal will be provided.

The Paradoxical Friendship of Grief and Joy

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TWO WEDNESDAYS: OCTOBER 19 & 26, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Facilitated by Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

Grief and joy can seem like opposites—experiences of sadness and loss are profoundly different from those of happiness and delight. Yet, both grief and joy reveal our vulnerability and capacity to love; they both soften our hearts and make us aware of our dependence on God. In this two-week series, Canon Jennifer King Daugherty will explore the paradoxical kinship of grief and joy and how the wisdom and grace we gain from either experience deepens our understanding of the other—and our relationship with God.

This is a Cathedral Commons offering, presented as part of the current season of The Wisdom School at Saint Mark's. Program is free; register for Zoom link (registration link will be posted here when it is available); no need to register for in-person attendance. Optional community dinner served at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

United for Good: An Interfaith Prayer Vigil on the Eve of Elections

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2022,  7–8 P.M., in the cathedral nave or via livestream

In this time of trial and struggle, as we confront challenges to our civil society and our body politic, we are at a crossroads of conscience. And though the voices of vitriol and extremism often resound loudly, it is the judicious wisdom of resilient and courageous peacemakers who will lead us through this crisis. Prayerful reflection stands as a hopeful response to the static of cynicism. We stand in solidarity with those who seek a different way for our nation and its elected officials.

Join local religious leaders and fellow citizens who will gather in Seattle’s Saint Mark’s Cathedral at this unprecedented time. All are invited to join in this brief non-partisan interfaith service of hope, either in-person or via livestream. On the cusp of the exercise of our most essential civil right, we ask you to embrace this moment of contemplation and connection, as we affirm the principles that transcend our differences, and the common cause that will bind the wounds of this great nation.

AN INTERFAITH EVENT CO-SPONSORED BY:

  • Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
  • St. James Roman Catholic Cathedral
  • Temple De Hirsch Sinai
  • First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Seattle
  • The Church Council of Greater Seattle

Compline Observing the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, 2022

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Compline Observing the Feasts of Sts. Francis & Clare of Assisi | October 2, 2022 

The Order of Service and repertoire may be found at complineunderground.wordpress.com/2022/09/25/compline-2022-saint-michael-all-angels-transferred/

October 2, 2022 • SAINTS FRANCIS & CLARE observed

ORISON (H 402): Most High, omnipotent, good Lord (Tune: ASSISI) – Alfred Morton Smith (1879-1971)

PSALM 63:1-8 – Plainsong, Tone II.1

HYMN 416: For the beauty of the earth (Tune: LUCERNA LAUDONIAE) – David Evans (1874-1948)

NUNC DIMITTIS – Plainsong, Tone III.6

ANTHEM: ‘Salut, Dame Sainte,’ from Quatre petites prières de Saint François d’Assise– Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Jason Anderson, director • Fred McIlroy, reader • Thomas Adams, cantor

Thanks to this evening's Compline volunteers—hospitality ministers Jim Buskirk and Robin Ethridge.

Compline at Saint Mark's Cathedral has been a Seattle tradition since 1956. All the singers are volunteers. Learn more at: https://saintmarks.org/worship/compline/
and: https://complinechoir.org/

LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.

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.

Saint Mark’s Stewardship 2023

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Saint Mark’s Stewardship Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the 2023 Stewardship Campaign on Sunday, October 2. Packets of material about this year's campaign were sent to all parishioners this week, including a letter from Dean Steve Thomason. Beginning this Sunday and continuing through October 30, members of the community will offer reflections during the 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday services, on why they value Saint Mark’s and its ministries, and why they choose to share their time and treasure here.

The first speaker, on October 2, will be Chris Rigos, Junior Warden for Stewardship. He will announce the opening of the campaign, explain how you can be part of it, and share how important all our contributions are to Saint Mark’s, to the life of the parish, and to our own spiritual development. After the services, Chris and other members of the Stewardship Ministry will be available in the rear of the nave for questions and concerns.

Please visit the Stewardship page of the cathedral website to find the online pledge card and Frequently Asked Questions. Additional material will be added there in future weeks. Thank you for your participation, support, and prayers.

Meet the 22/23 Seattle Service Corps

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 10:10-10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Join the 2022-2023 cohort of the Seattle Service Corps in Bloedel for a Q&A and an opportunity to get to know them better. Learn about their stories and what drew them to SSC and life in intentional community, and hear their impressions of Seattle so far. Check out this article introducing each of these amazing young people, recently posted by the Diocese of Olympia.

Compline observing the Feast of St Michael and All Angels, 2022

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Compline observing the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels | September 25, 2022 

The Order of Service and repertoire may be found at complineunderground.wordpress.com/2022/09/25/compline-2022-saint-michael-all-angels-transferred/

September 25, 2022 • SAINT MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS transferred

ORISON: Christ, the fair glory of the holy angels (Tune: CHRISTE SANCTORUM) – Sarum plainsong, Mode I

PSALM 91 – Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

HYMN: Jesus came, adored by angels (Tune: LOWRY) – Gerald Near (b. 1942); arr. Gregory Bloch (b. 1977)

NUNC DIMITTIS – Plainsong, Tone I; harm. Anon. 16th cent. composer

ANTHEM: Tibi Christe, splendor Patris – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)

Jason Anderson, director • Gregory Bloch, reader • Kenneth Peterson, cantor

Thanks to this evening's Compline volunteers—hospitality ministers Ray Miller and Estephan Meza, and videographer Kathy Wickward.

Compline at Saint Mark's Cathedral has been a Seattle tradition since 1956. All the singers are volunteers. Learn more at: https://saintmarks.org/worship/compline/
and: https://complinechoir.org/

LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.

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.

St. Francis Day & Blessing of the Animals, 2022

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2022, 4:30 P.M., on the outdoor labyrinth and front lawn

On Saturday, October 1, Saint Mark’s will once again offer its beloved Saint Francis Day tradition. A few years ago this offering was moved from Sunday morning to Saturday afternoon, and the outdoor celebration has a truly festive community atmosphere. Dogs, cats, bird, bunnies, ponies, chickens, and all creatures great and small are welcome!

Music will be offered by acclaimed Seattle musician James Falzone and the young choristers of Choir School. The service will include prayers for healing humanity’s relationship with the earth, and for all the creatures who share the earth with us. Following the service, animals can receive an individual blessing from a priest if desired.

All are invited to attend, with or without their animal companions. Stuffed animals are also welcome to be blessed, as are photographs of pets who would not find attending the event a blessed experience.

Animals should remain leashed or kenneled. You are welcome to bring your own chair to use on the lawn, although chairs will also be provided.


Below: Photos from previous years' St Francis Day celebrations, including images from 2015 through 2021. Click to enlarge. 

Sunday Forum on Taizé Prayer at Saint Mark’s

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Gather between the services on Sunday morning, October 9, for an interactive, intergenerational forum with the leaders of Saint Mark's Taizé ministry. Learn a bit about what exactly Taizé is, its origins in France, and what got the Taizé ministry started here at Saint Mark's. Then we'll discuss the unique music of Taizé, and do some singing together. It will be informative and fun for all ages, and serve as preparation to more fully participate in the upcoming Taizé service on Tuesday, November 8. Any questions, contact Sacristan Michael Seewer: mseewer@saintmarks.org

The Return of 20s/30s Sunday Stairway Walks

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 3–5:30 P.M., meet at Trinity Parish on First Hill (registration required)

In the fall of 2021 the 20s/30s Group from Saint Mark's gathered for a series of Sunday urban hikes inspired by the book Seattle Stairway Walks, and incorporating tours of different Episcopal parishes in the area. They were a great chance to connect with our neighbors and siblings in the Diocese of Olympia, and to discover new nooks and crannies of Seattle's urban landscape.

On October 23 this popular offering will return, with a tour of the "mother church" of the Diocese of Olympia, Trinity Parish on First Hill. The group will begin with a brief presentation and tour from Dr. Lisa Graumlich, deacon-in-training, and then wind our way up and around to explore the architectural details of the rapidly-transforming Seattle waterfront and downtown, finishing up with refreshments back at Trinity. Register here. Questions? Email Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com)


Did you know that Seattle has 650 publicly accessible stairways? In the early 1900s, property developers in hilly Seattle would construct public stairways for convenience and to improve access to trolley lines. Now, these scenic passageways provide opportunities to discover off-the-path views through Seattle neighborhoods.

Join with other young adults from around the Diocese of Olympia to explore and learn about different neighborhoods and Episcopal parishes within Seattle. Routes will draw inspiration from Seattle Stairway Walks and range between 2.5–4 miles at an easy pace. The walks start and end at the parish, with an opportunity to connect with clergy and other participants. We’ll also have an opportunity to learn more about the parish, meet clergy and enjoy refreshments after the walk. 

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water 
  • Sun glasses/sun screen
  • Masks for when entering a parish

Below: A photo from the August, 2021, Stairway Walk: Saint Mark's Cathedral and “The Olmsted Vision”

“Friends Talking”—The Rev. Canon Dick Toll

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 10:10-10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Rev. Canon Richard K. Toll, Canon Pastor of St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1976-84, returns to Seattle from his retirement life in Portland, OR to participate in a Symposium: The Holy Land – What’s Next? - a gathering of faith leaders working for peace and justice in Israel/Palestine (Bloedel Hall, Saturday, Sept. 24th, 1-4 p.m.).

On Sunday morning, join the Cathedral Parish in welcoming Dick and his wife, Elaine, both of whose ministries were a major part of parish life during their time here. Dick’s post-Saint Mark’s ministries—as Rector of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Milwaukie, Oregon and founding Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America—deeply affected many lives, at the local, national, and international level.

Listening as an Act of Solidarity

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TWO WEDNESDAYS, OCTOBER 5 & 12, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Listening as an Act of Solidarity

Facilitated by The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker & The Rev. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz.

As Christians, we are called to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being. A foundational practice for this work is the ability to listen to the lives and experiences of our neighbors. In these sessions, we will explore how culture shapes our ability to listen and impacts our work of justice. We will learn and practice various ways to cultivate listening as an act of solidarity and how to create spaces that honor complex stories and foster transformative relationships.

Join using this Zoom link.

UPDATE: A video of part 1 is now available:

Compline on the 15th Sunday after Pentecost

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Compline on the Fifteenth Sunday aftter Pentecost | September 18, 2022 

The Order of Service and repertoire may be found at: complineunderground.wordpress.com/2022/09/18/compline-2022-the-fifteenth-sunday-after-pentecost/

September 18, 2022 • The 15th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20C)

ORISON: O come, ye servants of the Lord – Christopher Tye (c. 1505-1572/73)

PSALM 113 – Jason A. Anderson (b. 1976)

HYMN: All who love and serve your city (Tune: CHARLESTOWN) – mel. from The Southern Harmony, 1865; harm. Alistair Cassels-Brown (1927-2001), alt., and Jason A. Anderson (b. 1976)

NUNC DIMITTIS – Plainsong, Tone III; harm. Carolus Andreas (d. 1627)

ANTHEM: Hear the voice and prayer – Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585) [Green Book, p. 2]

Jason Anderson, director • Vernon Nicodemus, reader • Derek Tilton, cantor

POST-COMPLINE ORGAN MUSIC:

The Hanging Garden – Jehan Alain (1911–1940)

Praeludium in D Major, BuxWV 139 – Dieterich Buxtehude (1637–1707)

Tumpet Tune in A – David N. Johnson (1922–1987)

Toccata – Eugène Gigout (1844–1925)

Thanks to this evening's Compline volunteers—hospitality ministers Maria Drury and Estephan Meza, and videographer Michael Lee.

Compline at Saint Mark's Cathedral has been a Seattle tradition since 1956. All the singers are volunteers. Learn more at: https://saintmarks.org/worship/compline/
and: https://complinechoir.org/

LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.

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 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 2022

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The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Service Leaflet

LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.

A Celebration of the Life of Merilyn Sue Yunker-Jones

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A Celebration of the Life of Merilyn Sue Yunker-Jones

Service Leaflet

LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.

“Exploring Indigenous Theology” with The Rev. Canon Mary Crist. Ed.D.

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Exploring Indigenous Theology: Two-Eyed Seeing, Vision Quests, and Sacred Stories

A Saturday morning workshop offered by The Rev. Canon Mary Crist, Ed.D. (Blackfeet)

Co-sponsored by Saint Mark's Cathedral and the Office of the Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2022, 9:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom. Free, but registration required for either option.

Dr. Crist extends this invitation to join the workshop:

"Did you know that the Episcopal Church has over 400 years of history with Indigenous people in North America? Did you know that many Indigenous spiritual beliefs are compatible with those of Jesus? How can we make it possible for Indigenous people to be Christians and to honor the spiritual practices of their ancestors at the same time? How can we use “two-eyed” seeing, vision quests, and sacred stories to explore Indigenous theology? We will explore these questions and others in our time together. Participants will learn what Indigenous leaders in the Episcopal Church have to say about being both Native and Christian and how theological education is expanding to broaden the preparation of church leaders. Bring your own stories and questions to share in this workshop grounded in the narrative tradition."

The Rev. Canon Mary Crist, Ed.D.  (Piitaki/Eagle Woman) is enrolled Blackfeet from the Douglas family in Montana. She is a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles serving at St. Michael’s Ministry Center in Riverside. Dr. Crist serves on the Presiding Bishop’s Staff as the Coordinator of Indigenous Theological Education in the Department of Ethnic Ministries. She is a Visiting Professor of Education and Indigenous Studies at Bexley Seabury Seminary in Chicago. She has earned the Doctor of Education from Columbia University in New York, Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology, Master of Education from Pan American University, and Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Berkeley. She is the author of the articles “Frybread in Canaan” and “Native Christian Perspectives on Reconciliation,” both published in the First Peoples Theology Journal, as well as various articles in early childhood education, special education, and online instructional design. In 2022 she was named a Woman of Distinction for Province VIII by the National Episcopal Church Women.


UPDATE:

Download the slides from the presentation (pdf) here: Exploring Indigenous Theology Presentation Slides

Note: some slides in the presentation contain video, which are not included in the pdf version. Videos played include:

The personal essay by The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton referenced in the presentation may be found here: The Cultural Conundrum of the Indigenous Christian

A complete video may be seen below:

“Jerusalem’s Old City: A Holy Story” with Matthew Teller

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2022, 7–8:30 p.m., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom

Jerusalem’s Old City—A Holy Story
A Presentation by BBC Journalist and Author Matthew Teller

Co-sponsored by Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, and Other Press Publishers, New York

In Jerusalem, what you see and what is true are two different things. The Old City has never had “four quarters” as its maps proclaim. And beyond the crush and frenzy of its major religious sites, many of its quarters are little known to visitors, its people ignored and their stories untold. Nine Quarters of Jerusalem lets the communities of the Old City speak for themselves. Ranging from ancient past to political present, it evokes the city’s depth and cultural diversity.

Matthew Teller’s highly original “biography” features the Old City’s Palestinian and Jewish communities, but also spotlights its Indian and African populations, its Greek and Armenian and Syriac cultures, its downtrodden Dom Gypsy families, and its Sufi mystics. It discusses the sources of Jerusalem’s holiness and the ideas—often startlingly secular—that have shaped lives within its walls. It is an evocation of place through story, led by the voices of Jerusalemites.

To join online via Zoom, please register using this link.


About the Speaker

Matthew Teller writes for the BBC, The Guardian, Times of London, Financial Times and other global media. He has produced and presented documentaries for BBC Radio and has reported for the BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent program from around the Middle East and beyond. He is the author of several travel guides, including The Rough Guide to Jordan. His previous book was Quite Alone: Journalism from the Middle East 2008–2019.

Reflections on the Pilgrimage to Iona and the Celtic Missions

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UPDATED WITH VIDEO

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family)

Join Dean Thomason, Canon Daugherty, and participants from July’s pilgrimage from Saint Mark’s as they share a bit of their experience and spiritual gleanings while also inviting everyone present to share experiences of sacred travel and why this is an important spiritual practice for all people. A preview of a potential pilgrimage to Ireland will also be shared. All are welcome.

Canon Daugherty's slides from her presentation may be seen here (pdf).

A complete video may be seen below: 

The slide show played before the presentation:
Steve played a brief excerpt from remarks by Phil Cousineau to the group prior to the pilgrimage. His complete presentation may be seen here:

Dean Thomason on the Meaning of the Legacy of Queen Elizabeth II

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The Queen, Colonialism, and the Anglican Communion: Connections, Heritage, and Hope in a New Era

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 6:45 p.m.–8:15 p.m., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family)

Join Cathedral clergy and canons for a reflection and conversation on our experience of Queen Elizabeth’s recent death and funeral, the connections we share as Anglican Christians, the challenges of colonial realities of the British Empire, and what we see unfolding in the global arena of 21st Century geopolitical landscapes.

Dean Thomason has written a reflection on the meaning of Queen Elizabeth's legacy, which may be read below.

UPDATE: A complete video is now available:


A REFLECTION FROM DEAN THOMASON

A Queen and the Project of Democracy

Dear friends,

In the days since Queen Elizabeth died, I have received several inquiries about what we at Saint Mark’s Cathedral planned to do. Some had an expressed need for formal ritual to honor this woman of remarkable grace and fidelity to her role; others found it troubling that a monarch who epitomized the colonialist structures of a fading empire would be regarded at all. I will admit being a bit amused by the machinations other cathedrals and churches undertook to have special services, watch parties, and the like.

For our part, we split the difference: we commended her in our prayers on Sunday morning September 11, while the Compline Choir devoted parts of the service of compline that evening to special intentions for the Queen. It felt like a Via Media approach worthy of our Anglican heritage.
I am no royalist, but I fervently believe we pray for those who have died, as we did for Elizabeth, using her full name, Elizabeth Mountbatten-Windsor, as we did for her husband Philip last year. Her name was read alongside others’ names—in our baptismal and resurrection theology, no one person is more important than others. We buried my sister-in-law on September 8, the same day Elizabeth died, and I was preparing for a parishioner’s funeral at Saint Mark’s two days later. These others were no less important to observe than a queen’s.

But the energy given this particular queen’s death amidst the pomp and circumstance of royal customs surrounding her funeral provides an opportunity to reflect on what is really involved for us as we gaze upon the ritual from a distance—from a country that fought a war to separate ourselves from this imperial throne. We can have it both ways (independent yet with bonds of affection), but we should give considerable thought to what it is in this moment that draws us into this queen’s orbit.

Rowan Williams offers a fine reflection on the ways her life and work as monarch were sacramental, grace-filled and faithfully exercised. The invitation is to see not just Queen Elizabeth’s life in that light, but how we might see ours alongside such an invocation of the Spirit to speak into our lives as faithful enterprise.

Serge Schmemann wrote an opinion piece in the September 11 issue of the New York Times: “To function in an otherwise normal democracy, a hereditary monarchy requires that the citizenry accept a bit of fiction — namely that one family, standing above politics, can represent the nation and its values.” What is it about royalty that captures our imagination, and why?

And Hari Kunzru wrote in the same issue: “the British elite have always understood that the monarchy is a screen onto which the people project their own fantasies.” What does that mean for us as Americans?

There are 56 countries in the British Commonwealth; 14 of those are constitutional monarchies (including Canada) who will now replace their queen’s image from their currency with their new king’s. There is already talk about which of those nations may choose this time of transition to reflect on what has been, and how they may orient to a different polity. I pray that work is guided primarily by principles of justice for all their citizens. To be sure, we have work to do in this regard as well.

None of us choose the family into which we are born. Elizabeth was born wealthy, and when called upon to serve as queen, she did so with courage and commitment to her people. She did not seek the throne. I believe history will account for her effort as one of faithful devotion in which she sacrificed her ego in the cause of service to her society. And perhaps that is the image worthy of emulation—servant to the larger project of democracy, just society, and the common good. May we have the grace and courage to be such servants here and now.

Blessings and peace,

The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector

Compline in Memory of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Sept. 11, 2022

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Compline in Memory of HM Queen Elizabeth II | September 11, 2022 

The Order of Service and repertoire may be found at: complineunderground.wordpress.com/2022/09/10/compline-2022-in-memory-of-her-majesty-queen-elizabeth-ii-1926-2022/

September 11, 2022 • In memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

ORISON: Holy is the true light – William H. Harris (1883-1973)

PSALM 121 – H. Walford Davies (1869-1941)

HYMN: I vow to thee my country (Tune: Thaxted) – Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

NUNC DIMITTIS (ATB/ATB) – Charles Wood (1866-1926)

ANTHEM: Beati quorum via – Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924); arr. Richard Barnes

Jason Anderson, director • James Wilcox, cantor • Joel Matter, reader

Thanks to this evening's Compline volunteers—hospitality ministers Maria Drury and Ray Miller, and videographer Micah Hayes.

Compline at Saint Mark's Cathedral has been a Seattle tradition since 1956. All the singers are volunteers. Learn more at: https://saintmarks.org/worship/compline/
and: https://complinechoir.org/

LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.

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 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost | September 11, 2022, 11 a.m.

Service Leaflet

LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.

Funeral Liturgy for Dr. Margaret Gaines

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Funeral Liturgy for Dr. Margaret Gaines | September 10, 2022, 11 a.m.

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LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.
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