Behind the Scenes with the Mighty Flentrop and Your Favorite Hymns

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SUNDAY, JULY 16, 12:30–2 P.M., in the organ loft 

Hosted by the 20s/30s Group; All are welcome

Join Canon Michael Kleinschmidt for a fabulous “back-stage” pass experience of Saint Mark’s famous Flentrop Organ.

First, we’ll gather after the 11 a.m. service for light refreshments and conversation in the nave. At 12:30 pm, we’ll head up to the organ loft where Michael will offer a “tour” and demonstration of the instrument with opportunity for questions. At 1 p.m. we’ll join in a singalong of our favorite hymns. Email Bryan Pansing ( with your favorite title from The Hymnal 1982.

Saint Mark’s at Pride Night of the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Storm

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UPDATE: The deadline to sign up for Pride Night with the Mariners and the Seattle Storm has passed, and neither event had a sufficient number of registrations for a group admission.

If you have ideas for similar events in the future, or if you plan to attend either game as an individual, please contact ministry leaders Rose Hazard (for the Mariners) and Michael Seewer (for the Storm).

Mariners: TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 6:40 P.M., T-Mobile Park (or meet at the cathedral at 5:15 p.m.)

Storm: THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 7 p.m., Climate Pledge Arena

Deadline to register: SUNDAY, JUNE 4.

Join Queer in Christ ministry group members and friends for the Mariner's Pride Night at T-Mobile Park on Tuesday, June 13! The game starts at 6:40 p.m., and those who wish to travel together are invited to meet at Saint Mark's at 5:15 to walk together to the Capitol Hill light rail station. Reserve your Mariners tickets by completing this form. Tickets cost $19. For questions about the Mariners game, write to Rose Hazard at:

The following week, on Thursday, June 22, you are invited to join together at Seattle Storm's Pride Night at Climate Pledge Arena. Reserve your Seattle Storm tickets by completing this form. For the Storm event, the ticket cost is contingent upon us getting a minimum of 20 reservations, and then each ticket will cost $45. For questions about the Storm game, write to Michael Seewer at:

Deadline to reserve your tickets for either event is end of day on Sunday, June 4. You will be asked to pay for your ticket if you submit a reservation, even if you are not able to attend in the end. If you purchase a ticket and end up not being able to attend, you can gift your ticket to somebody else.

A Season for Gun Violence Prevention—May/June 2023

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 A Message from Dean Thomason

The epidemic of gun violence in our nation continues to take its toll, and we must maintain a resolve to resist it becoming normalized. It is not okay that there have been more mass shootings than days thus far this year. It is not okay that more than 40,000 die each year to gun violence in this nation. It is not okay that death by firearms is the number one cause of death for children and teenagers in this nation.

Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) has issued a call to all congregations in the Episcopal Church to a Season for Gun Violence Prevention, following the Feast of Pentecost, May 28. This is a call to deepen our commitment as people of faith to resist complacency and to confront the epidemic of gun violence through action at the grassroots level in our parishes and dioceses. Through liturgical action, public witness and legislative advocacy, we will continue to lend our voice to the cause with intention, and we will engage the EPF’s Gun Violence Curriculum as part of our work. You can read more at:

For a decade now (since Sandy Hook in December 2012), Saint Mark’s Cathedral has also been engaged with Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR) as a member organization supporting the legislative work of this broad alliance. We have made considerable strides in safe gun legislation here in this state. It can be done. It must be done!

The weekend of June 2–4 is Wear Orange Weekend, a tangible way to raise awareness about the tragic reality of this epidemic. I hope you will consider wearing orange at points across that weekend as a sign of your commitment to this cause.

In it all, I bid your prayers for our nation, for the victims of gun violence, for our children, for our lawmakers and civic leaders, and for the cathedral community, that we may have the courage and resolve to engage this work with grace and fortitude. I am,

Your Brother in Christ,


The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector


Guest Preacher Preacher on May 21: The Rev. Canon Britt Olson

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SUNDAY, MAY 21, at all morning services

Special "Friends Talking" Forum with Dean Thomason: 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

We are delighted to welcome The Rev. Canon Britt Olson, vicar of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ballard, as guest preacher Sunday May 21 at all three morning services. She has guided the church replant and St. Luke’s redevelopment project which will soon include church space, retail, and affordable housing spanning the entire city block. She is recognized as a leader in congregational development and parish systems, having served as Canon to the Ordinary and Canon for Evangelism and Congregational Development in two California dioceses, as well as serving parishes in Oregon, before coming to Seattle eight years ago.

Pentecost Polar Plunge!

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SUNDAY, MAY 28, 7 A.M., meet at Madison Park Beach

Let's gather for an early morning dip in Lake Washington that promises to wake up the senses and have us feeling fully alive and ready to celebrate Pentecost! We'll meet at the Bathhouse, at Madison Park Beach at 7 a.m., pray then plunge, then head over to Leffler House for a shared breakfast. We'll be dried-off and well-fed in plenty of time for the 9 a.m. liturgy! Dip in whatever you're happy getting wet (doesn't have to be a swimsuit) and bring a towel! Be in touch with Rev. Linzi if you have questions or would like to bring something to share for breakfast.

Pentecost Ride/Run/Roll at Seward Park

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SUNDAY, MAY 28, 3-4:30 P.M., Seward Park, Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle

Calling all bikers, scooters, walkers, rollerbladers, runners, unicycles and so forth to join in a Pentecost Sunday Ride/Run/Roll around Seward Park in Southeast Seattle. We will meet on the lawn near the Seward Park Playground at 3 p.m. From there, we will head around the Seward Park 2-mile paved and flat loop. The day ends with the traditional root beer floats! All ages and generations are encouraged to join in. Families with children should plan to chaperone their own children around the loop as needed. The park is a popular place on Sunday afternoons so allow time for parking! Write to Canon Barrie with questions:

Dr. Christena Cleveland and the Black Madonnas: The Pilgrimage of a Womanist Theologian

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TWO WEDNESDAYS, MAY 10 & 24, 2023, 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).

The Rev. Canon Carla Robinson will lead a discussion of the book God Is a Black Woman by Dr. Christena Cleveland, as seen through the lens of pilgrimage. The book itself came out of her journey to see the Black Madonnas of France. In this series we will explore the major themes of Dr. Cleveland's latest book.

Dr. Cleveland will be visiting the Cathedral in June. This two-part series is intended to help people prepare for the material she will present when she comes to Saint Mark's. Attendees are asked to view either of the two podcasts (linked below) in which Dr. Cleveland is interviewed, and then to read the book.

Complete video of Parts 1 & 2 may be seen below:

A Rogation Day Liturgy, 2023

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2023, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person only in Bloedel Hall (and throughout the cathedral grounds). Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Join Rev. Stahlecker, Canon Rosario-Cruz, and Canon Barrie as we celebrate and give thanks for the gifts of Creation with an outdoor liturgy for Rogation Day, an observance that dates to the 5th century. For 1,500 years, the weekdays preceding Ascension Day have been marked by outdoor prayers and thanksgiving for the fruitful Earth. Following the community dinner in Bloedel Hall, participants will process around the cathedral grounds, stopping to reflect and pray at significant locations. The liturgy ends with includes a portion of the Great Litany.

UPDATE: The leaflet for this year's procession may be seen here

Palestine on the Edge: Where Do We Go From Here?

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SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom

Hosted by Amnesty International: Campaign for Palestinian Human Rights [Pacific NW]; co-sponsored by Saint Mark's Mideast Focus Ministry, The Bishop's Committee for Justice & Peace in the Holy Land of the Diocese of Olympia, and Kairos Puget Sound Coalition

Please join this Saturday afternoon conversation with Miko Peled, Israeli-American activist for justice and author of The General’s Son: Journal of an Israeli in Palestine, and Maya Garner, advocate for justice in Palestine and founder of Friends of Hebron, an American non-profit working with peace and justice advocates in the West Bank. Following the conversation, Peled will sign copies of the new Tenth Anniversary Edition of The General's Son, and the Saint Mark's Mideast Focus Ministry will officially open the collection of resources now housed in the Bloedel "Center Stage" meeting room.

A complete video is now available below:

Youth Group Pizza, Hang-Out, and Body Prayer

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Youth Group Pizza, Hang-Out, and Body Prayer with Saint Mark's Coolest Grandma Betsy Bell

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 5:30–7 P.M., cathedral nave

Betsy has probably hiked more mountain miles than you've walked in your life. She's fantastic. After we fill you up with pizza, Betsy will lead us in Qi Gong practice and Body Prayer. Don't know what that is? Good. Come try out a very different way to ground yourself in the Holy.

Sign up here so we order enough pizza.

For more info email Wendy Barrie at:

Transitions in COVID Precautions—May 2023

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MAY 3, 2023

Dear Friends,

As you likely know, the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declared by the federal government in 2020 will be expiring on May 11. It has been a long, arduous journey, and we are keenly aware that more than 1.1 million Americans have died from the disease. Sensible precautions will remain in place—stay home if sick, consider testing and follow protocols for isolation, get vaccinated, etc. But the broad public health guidelines of distancing, avoiding public indoor spaces, etc. are ending, and Saint Mark’s Cathedral will follow suit.

Of course, this does not mean that the virus that causes COVID is no longer with us, nor does it mean that it is no longer a serious illness for some. It means that the virus is endemic, and we are learning to live with it while also moving forward with our lives. Anyone may wear a mask, and perhaps some should. We all should avoid groups when symptomatic for infectious respiratory illness (that is not a new precaution). We should use good hygiene (e.g., handwashing) and get vaccinated when boosters become available for our demographic.

Following changes in public health guidelines, we will no longer require vaccinations for staff or liturgical leaders, nor will we retain a distanced section in the nave for worship after May 11, 2023. Wear a mask and sit wherever you like. And know the livestream is available at 11 a.m. Sundays and special services so you can actively participate when home sick.

I know not all will agree with these changes at this time, and I am happy to address your concerns. Please contact me directly. The cathedral community is large, diverse, and has conducted itself with much grace and goodwill for one another through the pandemic. Many have found their spiritual home here since March of 2020, and I trust more will in the coming months and years. We will make our way together, and for that I am exceedingly grateful.

Yours in Christ,

The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason, Dean & Rector

Bake for Lowell Teachers!

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DROP-OFF ON SUNDAY, MAY 7; sign up requested.

Help us honor teachers at Lowell Elementary School during Teacher Appreciation Week! The teachers of Lowell Elementary, where a disproportionate number of students face challenging family circumstances, work extremely hard all year, and the cathedral is thrilled to be able to express our appreciation in this way.

A neighboring PTA has gifted a coffee cart to Lowell on Monday, May 8, so the cathedral community has been asked to provide baked goods (muffins, cookies, bars) to be dropped off at Saint Mark’s on Sunday, May 7, to be delivered by the cathedral staff the next day. Sign up to contribute using this link. Email Canon Barrie with questions:

Behind the Seams: Ugly Clothes with 20s/30s member Clara Berg

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SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2–3 P.M., MOHAI and White Swan Public House. Sign up required.

Hosted by 20s/30s—All are welcome 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! The aesthetics of fashion are constantly changing and with it our perception of what looks good. We’ll join MOHAI Curator of Collections and 20s/30s member, Clara Berg, for an in-person, one-hour session to view the historic fashions in MOHAI’s collection which were once stylish but don’t translate well to our modern eyes. What do you think—is it fabulous or frightful?

Some may choose to join early (12:30 p.m.) to visit the museum’s exhibit and/or join after (3:30 p.m.) for snacks and refreshments at White Swan Public House.

Tickets are required for Behind the Seams admission. A limited number of discounted tickets from Saint Mark’s are available ($20). Sign up here. Questions? Email Betsy Heimburger:


Sacred Listening as a Transformational Practice

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 6:45–8:15 P.M., presenters online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Please note: The presenters, Rev. Stahlecker and Canon Rosario-Cruz, will be leading this forum online via Zoom. The Wednesday evening community dinner will be served in Bloedel Hall 6–6:30 p.m. as usual. Those who wish to attend the dinner and then participate in the forum will join together in Cathedral House Room 210.

Facilitated by The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker & The Rev. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz. An offering of The Wisdom School at Saint Mark's.

Sacred listening is more than the hearing of words and sounds. Sacred listening is an invitation into relationship and an honoring of the ways in which the Divine presence is felt and responded to in our lives as a source of transformation. In this forum, we will learn about—and practice—various ways to cultivate sacred listening, how to notice and recognize the resistances and avoidances that may hinder our transformation, and we will create spaces together that honor the sharing of our stories and the fostering of transformative relationships as a way to enhance and expand our relationship with God.

Note: Canon Rosario-Cruz was ill and could not participate. A complete video is now available below:

Flower Arranging as a Spiritual Practice Cancelled

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UPDATE: This forum has been cancelled. The community dinner will be offered 6–6:30 p.m. as usual.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall only. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).


The members of the Flower Ministry create exceptional arrangements in the nave and chapel each week, taking the beauty in nature and transforming it, through human reason and skill, into striking displays—as a service to the community and as an offering of beauty back to the One who made it. Gather for this in-person only forum with members of the flower ministry and explore together questions such as: Why are flowers part of rituals and offerings in almost every religion in the world? What has the symbolism of flowers meant for Christians specifically? What is the role of the floral artist in showing off the natural beauty of plants and flowers to their best advantage? All are welcome.

Radix 10: Gratitude

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The Tenth Iteration of The Radix Project

OPENING PLENARY: SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2023, 7–8 P.M., online via Zoom only

SMALL GROUPS MEET: ONCE A WEEK STARTING THE WEEK OF APRIL 24, THROUGH JUNE 4. Groups will meet online via Zoom OR in person.

The Radix Project is an opportunity to gather in small groups, share their stories, reflect on Holy Scripture and sacred art, and pray for one another with intention. The project was created to provide a way to connect in a setting that fosters trust, so that our relationships with God and one another are strengthened. This Eastertide, the theme for Radix 10 is Gratitude.

All are welcome and encouraged to join the opening Plenary Presentation with Dean Thomason and the Radix Project team, whether or not you plan to participate in the small groups.

Deadline to register for a small group: Thursday, April 13. Learn more about Radix groups and see video and materials from previous iterations here. Questions? Email

UPDATE: Click here to download the participant packet (pdf), containing guidelines, scripture selections, discussion questions, and accompanying visual art.

A complete video of the opening plenary is now available: 

Exploring Racial Justice in the Episcopal Church

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2023, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom; registration required. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Facilitated by Vinh Do and The Rev. Canon Carla Robinson. Hosted by Saint Mark’s Cathedral; open to all in the Diocese of Olympia and beyond.

In 2021, the Episcopal Church released its Racial Justice Audit documenting the experience of race, racism, and racial identity within church leadership. At the Diocese of Olympia's Diocesan Convention last fall, a task force presented its findings and proposed ways we in this diocese might engage this important work. This forum is designed as part of that work. All cathedral members are encouraged to register to attend, and members from other churches are most welcome also. This is an opportunity to listen, learn and engage in conversation with others as we seek to understand and work towards racial justice in our communities, guided by five questions developed by the Task Force. Contact Canon Carla Robinson for more information.

Racial Audit of the Episcopal Church:

The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection Through Embodied Living

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a Saturday gathering with Hillary L. McBride, Ph.D.

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023, 9:30 A.M.–3 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom; registration required for either option. 

Many of us have, unknowingly, been sold the story that our minds are superior to our bodies, and that our bodies are barriers to “pure” or “true” spirituality. Together, we will examine how these ideas continue to keep us from wholeness. We’ll explore practices that help us repair the fragmentations we carry inside of us, so that we can truly remember our bodily selves.

Cost: $65 (for both online and in-person participants). Scholarships available. Includes a light lunch and snacks for those participating in person. Registration required; please submit the form below, or here.


Dr. Hillary L. McBride is a therapist, researcher, speaker and writer. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, with a focus on women’s experiences in and of the body, particularly at significant transitions points. She is the author of Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We Are (2017), Embodiment and Eating Disorders (2018), and, most recently, The Wisdom of Your Body (2021). Learn more about Hillary here.

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Transphobia has no place in the Christian Church

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 A Message from Dean Thomason

Dear friends,

Haters will hate…and yet we have another story to tell!

As we approach Holy Week and the heart-heavy task of walking with Jesus to the cross and beyond, I am keenly aware of the harm that is done when religion is misused to justify crimes against humanity. The One we follow was killed by the deadly concoction of distorted religious fervor by the few, doused with the flammable rhetoric of a politics of hatred.

The sin of transphobia and the devastating effects on the dignity of human beings is not new, but it does seem to be escalating in our country. This week a television talk show host took the further step of twisting theological language to advance the argument, and his rhetoric sent a violent message to his followers. I do not join his echo chamber regularly, but its ripple effects were sobering and fearful for the trans and queer communities. For their sakes, I watched the segment, and feel the need to respond.

This person does not speak for me, or for this cathedral community, and his transphobic tropes are poorly developed, dangerously extrapolated, and provocative of the sort of violence we, as Christians, eschew. We have a different message to share with one another and with the world—it is one of love, mutuality, dignity, respect, all while espousing the Christ-like virtue of non-violence. This is who we are; let us show the world what it means to be Christian!

To that end, I want to highlight a special forum tomorrow evening in which Saint Mark’s is hosting the Rev. Canon Carla Robinson who will facilitate a conversation of hope and respect observing the Transgender Day of Visibility. You are invited to join in Bloedel Hall or via Zoom. Registration is required, and the space will be moderated. Cis-gendered participants should take our cues from our trans siblings.

Canon Robinson is a transgender priest in the Episcopal Church, a leader in this diocese, a blessing to this cathedral community which sponsored her for ordained ministry, and I count Carla+ as a friend, confidante and counselor to me. I marvel at her witness to Christ’s love, and I have learned much from her. We are grateful for her ministry in our midst.

We have a different story to tell, and our world needs it now as much as ever. This cathedral community is committed to this work, and I hope you will join the effort. I am,

Your sibling in Christ,

The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector


Holy Week Liturgies at Saint Mark’s, 2023

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A note about pandemic safety:
There will be no pre-registration or screening at the door for any of this year's services.
At this time, masks are recommended (not required) in the cathedral buildings. Learn more here. The designated "distanced section" in the nave, where all must remain masked and distanced, remains available.
The following services will be livestreamed:
  • Palm Sunday 11 a.m.
  • Palm Sunday Choral Evensong
  • Palm Sunday Compline
  • Chrism Mass
  • Tenebrae
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Good Friday noon
  • Good Friday 7 p.m.
  • The Great Vigil of Easter
  • Easter Sunday 11 a.m.
  • Easter Sunday Compline

A Message from Dean Thomason

Dear Friends,

Holy Week is hard work—it drives to the heart of humanity’s deepest yearnings, fears and joys. It is such a special time that we engage the story differently, marking time by the pulse of Christ as he enters Jerusalem joyfully, as a king preparing for coronation, only to have his head pierced days later by a thorny crown, mocked and lashed and crucified as his followers desert him.

But Holy Week is not, at its core, about listening to the story once more—the story whose ending we think we know, because we’ve heard it so many times before. If we just listen with passive ears—our hearts will not quicken, our stomachs will not turn, our thoughts will keep their objective distance…and we will miss the point of it all.

Holy Week has a telos, to be sure, but there is no contraction of time that gets us to Easter without making the journey of Holy Week.

Many have tried, but they bounce off into orbit once more, thinking perhaps that next time it will be different, and the yearning for weighty meaning persists.

We make our way together, and we go with all the senses engaged, trusting that God emboldens us to speak of eternal life even in the face of death—Christ’s, and our own.

I want to note here three services in particular that have not been in our usual schedule of services:

    1. Choral Evensong on Palm Sunday. April 2, 4:30 p.m.
    2. Holy Saturday Contemplative Service. April 8, 12:15 p.m.
    3. Easter Sunrise Service on the labyrinth. April 9, 6:30 a.m.

The full list of services with description follows. I invite you to join in the procession that is Holy Week at Saint Mark’s.

Peace and prayers,

The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector

The liturgies of this most sacred time are an invitation to enter more fully into the mystery of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Please participate as you feel called. Consider joining in an experience new to you. The entire community is blessed by your presence, whether in person or online.


Sunday, April 2: PALM SUNDAY—The Sunday of the Passion

8 a.m.  •  Palm Sunday Liturgy •  Thomsen Chapel

9 a.m. •  Palm Sunday Liturgy •  cathedral nave

11 a.m. •  Palm Sunday Liturgy •  cathedral nave and livestreamed

The Holy Week journey to the Cross begins with Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem, greeted by shouts of "Hosanna!" At 8 a.m., palms are distributed and blessed, and at 9 & 11 a.m. an outdoor procession follows (weather permitting). In some traditions, these Palm Sunday processions are a solemn affair, but at Saint Mark's it has been our practice to make this procession as boisterous and noisy as the original would have been. This year we welcome back The Super-Krewe, a New Orleans-style brass band, to lead the parade and rhythm instruments are available for the young and young-at-heart.

Once inside the church, the liturgy makes an abrupt turn, as we hear the entire narrative of Jesus' crucifixion as it is told in one of the Gospels. (This year, the Passion according to Matthew is read.) The reading of the Passion Gospel will be punctuated by reflective instrumental interludes. "Palm Sunday" and "Passion Sunday" were at one time observed on two separate days, one week apart, but are combined into one liturgy in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. The dramatic shift in tone marks the beginning of the solemnity that will follow in the remainder of the week. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz will preach.

At the 9 a.m. service, an extended Children’s Chapel will be offered with a gentle, age-appropriate journey through the stories of Holy Week. Children are invited to follow the cross to Thomsen Chapel during the sequence hymn prior to the reading of the Passion Gospel and will return to their families at the Peace.

If you are participating online, you may wish to cut a leafy branch from your own garden in place of the palms, as people throughout the centuries have used what is indigenous in their own context to link them to the story of welcoming the King of Kings.


12:15 p.m.  •  Bilingual Stations of the Cross Liturgy - Liturgia del Vía Crucis bilingüe  •  cathedral nave

Following the 11 a.m. Palm Sunday Liturgy, we offer a communal walking of the Stations of the Cross in English and Spanish, as we contemplate the Way that Jesus walked by meditating on scripture and the sculptural interpretations by artist Virginia Maksymowicz. Readings and prayers will alternate languages, and a leaflet with both languages will help you locate yourself in the structure of the liturgy. This will be a moving, prayerful experience, whether or not you speak Spanish yourself. Experiencing these familiar scriptures and prayers in this format may provide a new perspective and fresh insight.


4:30 p.m. •  Choral Evensong on Palm Sunday  •  Thomsen Chapel

Mark the beginning of Holy Week with the cathedral's monthly offering of Choral Evensong on Palm Sunday. The mood of the service will be austere, with an emphasis on plainchant and unaccompanied singing, but the Evensong Choir's anthem will be Antonio Lotti's soaring and hauntingly expressive 8-part masterpiece, Crucifixus. The liturgy will conclude with all singing the beloved hymn, Abide with me.


7 p.m. •  Contemplative Eucharist on Palm Sunday  •  Thomsen Chapel

The Contemplative Eucharist will be offered as usual on Palm Sunday, with music offered by Rebekah Gilmore. Dean Thomason will preside.


9:30 p.m. •  The Office of Compline for Palm Sunday  •  cathedral nave, livestreamed, and broadcast on Classical KING

Compline on Palm Sunday follows the pattern of the other Compline liturgies in Lent, except that this is the only day of the year when the plainchant responsory Into thy hands, O Lord, is replaced by a polyphonic setting. This year the choir will present a version by the English Renaissance composer John Sheppard. The anthem which concludes the service will be We adore you, O Christ, by Richard Proulx (1937–2010), a sometime member of the Compline Choir.

Monday, April 3: Monday in Holy Week

7 p.m.  •  Contemplative Eucharist  •  cathedral nave

On the first weekday of Holy Week, experience a special version of the Contemplative Eucharist liturgy that is offered every Sunday at 7 p.m. in Thomsen Chapel. This is a liturgy of silence and stillness, following the familiar structure of the Holy Eucharist, with generous time for reflection and listening to the still small voice within. If you have never experienced the Sunday 7 p.m. service, you are especially encouraged to attend. There is no homily. Instrumental music helps create the meditative mood and will be offered this year by acclaimed composer and improvisor (and cathedral community member) James Falzone.


Tuesday, April 4: Tuesday in Holy Week

11 a.m.   •  Chrism Mass   •  cathedral nave and livestreamed

Bishop Provisional of the Diocese of Olympia Melissa Skelton and Bishop of the Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA Shelley Bryan Wee join together for a service in which holy oil (chrism) is consecrated for use by faith communities throughout the Episcopal Diocese and Lutheran Synod in the coming year. Bishop Skelton will preside, and Bishop Wee will preach. The service includes an opportunity for priests and deacons to renew their ordination vows. All are welcome.

New this year: Bishop Skelton will remain in McCaw Chapel after the service to offer prayers and anointing for any clergy desiring that.


7 p.m.  •  Healing Eucharist  •  cathedral nave

This service of Holy Eucharist is offered in the cathedral nave, but with the chairs and altar rearranged to create a more intimate experience. To the familiar Eucharistic liturgy, special prayers for healing (for yourself or others) are added. There is the option to participate in the ancient practice of anointing and laying on of hands by a priest. Music will be offered by Rebekah Gilmore and Canon Michael Kleinschmidt. The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker will offer a homily.


Wednesday, April 5: Wednesday in Holy Week

7 p.m.  •  Tenebrae •  cathedral nave and livestreamed

Tenebrae is, for many, a highlight of the liturgical year at Saint Mark's, with its plainchant psalms and laments and a cappella meditations. The liturgy for Wednesday of Holy Week as we have it today was created by combining elements of three prayer offices, originally appointed for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, containing unique elements that have inspired composers through the centuries. These elements include the chanting of portions of the Book of Lamentations, with its distinctive Hebrew letters at the beginning of each verse, sung responsories which serve as small windows into the Passion narrative, and a complete rendition of Psalm 51, known as the Miserere. It is, in the words of The Book of Occasional Services, "an extended mediation upon, and a prelude to" the events of the Triduum.

The word tenebrae means "shadows," and the most memorable element of the liturgy is the transformation of the space itself, without electric light: we begin in twilight and are gradually engulfed by darkness as the service progresses.

If you are participating online, consider dimming the electric lights and experience the shadows in your own setting.

Music is offered by the adults of Evensong Choir. A new element for 2023 is the setting of Psalm 51 which concludes the service, adapted from music by Gregorio Allegri, but quite different from the well-known "Allegri Miserere."

TRIDUUM—The Sacred Three Days

The Liturgies of the Triduum—that is, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in Holy Week—are often considered to be a single liturgy stretched over three days. They trace Jesus' journey to the tomb, gradually increasing in intensity, until the proclamation of the Resurrection at the climax of the Easter Vigil, late Saturday night.


April 6: Maundy Thursday

7 a.m.  •  Morning Prayer on Maundy Thursday  •  in person in Thomsen Chapel 


7 p.m.  •  Maundy Thursday Liturgy  •  cathedral nave and livestreamed

On this night we remember the Last Supper and Jesus' final teachings to his friends. The word "Maundy" comes from the Latin mandatum, meaning "commandment," referring to "The New Commandment," that is, Jesus' commandment to us to love one another. (The famous text Ubi caritas—"Where charity and love are, God is there"—has its origin in this liturgy, and will this year be sung by the Cathedral Choir in a setting by Morton Lauridsen.) Saint Mark's Deacon, The Rev. Emily Austin, will preach.

This Gospel is followed by a Liturgy of Foot Washing, an enactment of Jesus' gesture of humble service to his followers. At Saint Mark's, it is the tradition to invite the entire congregation to participate in this powerful and intimate act, both washing the feet of others, and allowing your own feet to be washed. It is your choice whether to participate or not.

A service of Holy Eucharist follows the foot washing, after which the ritual Stripping of the Altar is performed. Fundamentally, this ritual is simply preparing the worship space for the next "act" of the Triduum liturgy, since on Good Friday the altar is always kept completely bare. In the context of the Maundy Thursday, the act takes on profound symbolic resonances, reminding us of the stripping of Jesus before his scourging in the final hours before his death, the preparation of Jesus’ body for his entombment, even the stripping bare of our own hearts. At Saint Mark's this ritual contains unique elements—you are invited to find your own meaning in this powerful, ambiguous, and unsettling act.

Music for this liturgy is offered by the Senior Choristers of the Choir School and (for the first time this year) the Cathedral Choir.

If you are watching online, you may wish to prepare a basin of warm water and have a soft towel ready to use with your household for the foot-washing portion of the liturgy.


~8:30 p.m.  •  Night Watch at the Altar of Repose (in the cathedral nave by reservation and livestreamed)

After Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday, some of the consecrated bread and wine of the Eucharist are placed on the altar in McCaw Chapel, where they are a focus for prayer and meditation through the night. We remember the agony of Jesus' final night before his crucifixion, and we remember his challenge to the disciples: "Could you not keep awake one hour? Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:37–38)

Volunteers will be present from the conclusion of the liturgy until 8 a.m., and the livestream will be available all night. The livestream will be streamed to the cathedral’s YouTube channel, and available on the usual livestream page of the cathedral website. (You may need to wait a few minutes and refresh the page before the video will appear.)

All are invited to spend some time in prayer and stillness, in whatever way feels meaningful to you: meditating, reading scripture or poetry, journaling, knitting, or sitting in silence.

April 7: Good Friday

11 a.m.  •  Communal Walking of the Stations of the Cross  •  cathedral nave

This is a final opportunity to experience this liturgy together with others this year. When we reach Eastertide, the cathedral's Stations will be put away until next year.


12 p.m.  •  Good Friday Liturgy  •  cathedral nave and livestreamed

7 p.m.  •  Good Friday Liturgy  •  cathedral nave and livestreamed

Recalling the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, the Good Friday liturgy is out-of-joint. On this day, no service of Eucharist is permitted. The Passion—the complete story of Jesus' trials, crucifixion, and entombment—is proclaimed. While on Palm/Passion Sunday the crucifixion narratives of Matthew, Mark, or Luke are read, depending on the year, on Good Friday it is invariably the Passion according to John. At the liturgy at noon, the Passion is read; at 7 p.m., it is chanted by members of the Cathedral Choir. Dean Thomason will preach.

The Passion is followed by a long series of ancient prayers known as The Solemn Collects. These prayers are traditionally accompanied by a distinctive pattern of standing and kneeling, which becomes a sort of sacred dance. Like the Passion, the Solemn Collects are read at noon and chanted at 7 p.m.

Finally, a large cross is brought into the worship space. All are invited to use this cross to meditate on Jesus' redemptive self-sacrifice. At Saint Mark's, this is known as The Contemplation of the Cross.

At noon, the liturgy will be accompanied by instrumental music by composer and improvisor James Falzone. At 7 p.m. music will be offered by the Cathedral Choir and the Schola of the Cathedral Choir School.


(It is the tradition at Saint Mark's to offer The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as “private confession,” on Good Friday. If this is something you would like, please contact any member of the clergy.)


April 8: Holy Saturday

12:15 p.m.  •  Holy Saturday Liturgy  •  cathedral nave

A short but moving liturgy is appointed for Holy Saturday in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. For many years, the service was offered in the Chapel of the Resurrection, but since the pandemic it has been moved to an unfamiliar corner of the cathedral nave. This placement prompted an expansion and enrichment of the liturgy, with scripture, a brief homily offered by community member Emily Meeks, and silence holding space to contemplate both the grief and promise of the tomb. Note that the time from 12 to 12:15 p.m. is set aside for silent reflection in the nave.


8:30 p.m.  •  The Great Vigil of Easter  •  cathedral nave and livestreamed

This is most solemn night of the Christian year. We begin in darkness, then the Bishop kindles the New Fire with flint and steel—a primal act of creation and a symbol of the return of light and life. From the New Fire is lit the Paschal Candle, and from the Paschal candle the light is spread to the candles held by each participant. In this way a tiny spark grows to illuminate the entire cathedral.

A deacon or cantor standing next to the Paschal candle chants the Exsultet, the church's ancient proclamation of Easter. Then, by candlelight, a Service of Lessons from the Hebrew scripture recounts the mighty saving acts of God in history and God’s promise of redemption and salvation. In the candlelit space, the scriptures take on some of the quality of stories told around the campfire.

When the sequence of readings is completed, Baptisms are performed—the Easter Vigil has been an occasion for baptizing new Christians since the earliest centuries of Christianity, connecting the sacrament of new birth to the commemoration of Christ's triumph over death.

At last, we reach the climax of the Great Vigil, the culmination of the Triduum, and the goal of our entire Lenten journey—the Proclamation of the Resurrection. The cathedral is flooded with light, and we sing Gloria in excelsis! At Saint Mark's, this moment is accompanied by the opening of the great doors that were closed on Shrove Tuesday—another liturgical element that can experienced nowhere else. In the now-transformed space, we hear the Gospel story of the empty tomb, and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. The service concludes with hymns of rejoicing.

Incense is used at this service, and music is offered by the Senior Choristers, the Schola, and the Cathedral Choir.

If you are participating online, you may wish to kindle a fire of your own by having a fire in the fireplace or simply lighting a candle, Have a bell ready to ring, or a pan to bang on at the Easter Proclamation, and fling on all the lights!

Following the service, all are invited to join together for a midnight breakfast at Lost Lake Café, a 24-hour diner located between Pike and Pine on Capitol Hill.

April 9: Easter Sunday: The Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ

6:30 a.m.  •  Easter Sunrise Eucharist  •  outdoors on the labyrinth

First offered in 2021, this simple outdoor Eucharist is offered as dawn breaks on Easter morning.


8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.  •  Easter Day Liturgy  •  cathedral nave; livestreamed at 11 a.m. only

The Easter Sunday liturgy is one of light and joy. The service includes a Renewal of Baptismal Vows. Music will be offered by the Cathedral Choir with organ, brass, percussion, and hand bells. This year, the Cathedral Choir will offer Charles Villiers Standford’s thrilling Te Deum in B-flat, as adapted by the composer for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902. The 8:30 and 11 a.m. services are identical in most ways, although incense will be used at 11 a.m. only. Our new Bishop Provisional, The Most Rev. Melissa Skelton, will preach.


9:45 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.  •  Easter Egg Hunt  •  labyrinth/front lawn

This year an Easter Egg hunt for kids will be offered on the front lawn immediately after both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Easter Sunday services. Children turn in their eggs for small prizes, and then may wish to hide eggs for others to find! Please bring your own basket.


7 p.m.  •  Contemplative Eucharist on Easter Evening  •  Thomsen Chapel

This evening Eucharist offers periods of silence for reflection, beautiful meditative music, and candlelight. Anointing and healing blessings are offered after the service. Music will be offered by James Falzone, and Canon Rosario-Cruz will preside.


9:30 p.m.  •  The Office of Compline on Easter Sunday  •   cathedral nave, livestreamed, and broadcast on Classical KING

Compline on Easter Sunday always begins with the canticle Pascha nostrum, sung by the Compline Choir in procession with hand bells. The joyous musical setting, with its Alleluia refrain, is by the choir's founder, Peter Hallock. This year the anthem will be Christus surrexit, a Latin motet by Jacob Handl based on the Lutheran chorale Christ ist erstanden.


Lenten Lake Plunge with the 20s/30s and 40s/50s

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SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 5–6 P.M., Madison Park Beach, 1900 43rd Ave E, Seattle

Saint Mark’s 20s/30s and 40s/50s groups invite you to an unusual gathering on the shore of Lake Washington at Madison Beach.

Come experience the enlivening power of a cold water dip and its possible invitation as we enter into Holy Week. We'll gather below the boathouse by the beach area.

You may want to check out some of the possible benefits of cold water dips here! Warm refreshments provided. Bring your own towel and warm clothes. We will meet at the Madison Beach Bathhouse at Madison Park Beach. There are restrooms to change in, if you’d like.

Questions? Email Rev. Linzi Stahlecker:

UPDATE: Check out some photos below! (click to enlarge) 

Tree Removal Update

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A large elm tree in front of the St. Nicholas building has deteriorated in recent years due to Dutch Elm Disease (the disease which has killed over 75% of all the elm trees in North America over the last hundred years). Certified arborists and the City of Seattle concluded that the tree was irreparably diseased and had become a fall risk, so earlier this week Kemp West Tree Service carefully felled the tree, navigating the power lines and trolley lines under its sprawling canopy.

A ring count suggests the tree was right at 100 years of age, making it the oldest tree on our campus. The wood will be salvaged, seasoned, and used for furniture and a sculpted art piece. We give thanks for this majestic tree and honor its life in our midst. Saint Mark’s will plant a new tree in its place as part of our commitment to Creation Care.

See some photos below (click to enlarge)

Transgender Day of Visibility

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FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 6:30–7:30 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom

Join The Reverend Canon Carla Robinson, Canon for Multicultural Ministries and Community Transformation in the Diocese of Olympia, the Saint Mark's Cathedral Queer in Christ ministry, and others from across the diocese in observance of Transgender Day of Visibility. Learn about why this observance is important, and hear from transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming individuals and allies from our diocese about what the church can do to increase awareness and support of the transgender community as well as what the church can learn from trans people and their experiences. All are welcome!

Canon Robinson will host this event in person in Bloedel Hall. The Zoom option will still be available. No registration is required to attend in person, just show up! Otherwise, if you wish to attend via Zoom, please complete the Zoom registration here to receive your Zoom link.

UPDATE: In-person participants may wish to attend a portion of the Protest and March for Trans Lives, which begins at 4 p.m. very close to the cathedral at Volunteer Park. Speeches and performances are planned for the first 60–90 minutes in the Volunteer Park amphitheater, followed by a march to Cal Andersen Park. More details here; also see the Facebook event page here.) The doors to Bloedel Hall (at the rear of the cathedral building) will open between 5:30 and 5:45 for the 6:30 p.m. forum.

Reflections on the Holy Land Pilgrimage

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2023, 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).

Walking in the footsteps of Jesus, in the land of the Holy One, is a transformative journey which thirty souls from the cathedral community recently made. As Christians, we are all called to make pilgrimage as a spiritual practice, drawing on sacred experiences, near and far. This special forum is designed to share a bit of the flavor, rhythms, challenges, and insights gleaned from the experience on the pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Many have asked when we might hear more about the trip—this is the opportunity to do so. All are welcome, in person or on Zoom.

UPDATE: The slides from this presentation are now available here.

A complete video may be seen below:

The slideshow of images from the pilgrimage shared during dinner can be seen here:

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