Worship Update: Lifting the Mask Mandate (March 7, 2022)

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UPDATE MAY 12, 2022: THE REQUIREMENT TO WEAR MASKS WHILE INDOORS IS RE-INSTITUTED AS OF MAY 15, 2022. 

THE OUT-OF-DATE INFORMATION BELOW IS FOR HISTORICAL INFORMATION ONLY

 


MARCH 7, 2022

Dean Thomason has prepared this brief (5-minute) video message, regarding changes in mask policies that will go into effect at the cathedral on Sunday, March 13. A written version of this message appears below.

Please watch, and email the Dean at sthomason@saintmarks.org with any questions you may have.

Dear friends,

As you surely know, beginning March 12 (per Governor Inslee and King County Public Health), the mask mandate for indoor gatherings generally—and houses of worship specifically—are lifted, subject to restoration if infection rates rise and warrant that.

Given these changes, Saint Mark’s Cathedral will adopt the same practice, effective Sunday March 13, 2022, but with a few important safeguards to ensure that we preserve space for all to feel welcome. Please note these details and help us hold the space for all to feel welcome:

  • The south pews and additional chairs in the south transept remain “masked only” for the protection of small children and others for whom that protection is important.
  • Folks seated in the northern (undistanced) sections can mask or not, their choice, but they cannot guarantee that others around them will be masked.
  • Vested ministers and ushers also have the choice to mask or not; however, when they are serving in the narthex or in the “masked only” (south) sections, they will wear masks.
  • All ministers distributing communion will mask at the communion stations for bread and wine.
  • Choirs—all are vaccinated and can remove their masks (or not, as they choose) when singing in north sections of the nave or the gallery. They will mask during procession through the nave.
  • We continue to livestream the 11 a.m. Eucharist and 9:30 p.m. Compline services each Sunday, Choral Evensong the first Sunday of the month at 4:30pm, and other special services. This remains a viable way of connecting to the community and worshipping as part of it.

A few more details regarding other gatherings and spaces:

  • Thomsen Chapel services. The mask mandate is lifted, but individuals are welcome to continue to mask. We have programmed the HVAC system to ventilate the space well before, during, and after every service.
  • Church Office. The mask mandate is lifted March 12, but anyone is welcome to continue wearing their mask, and any parishioner visiting a staff member is welcome to ask that masks be worn while meeting.
  • Ministry groups. If children under five are present, all should remain masked.
  • Ministry groups. If no children under five are present, the group that gathers should confer and gain consensus on masking. It is my hope that groups will be considerate of the concerns we bring into such spaces. It may be that one has a newborn relative, or an immunocompromised member of their household whose well-being prompts them to seek a more cautious path.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly: If you have any symptoms, stay home and test! This move to relax precautions will only succeed if we all seek to serve the common good. So if you have symptoms, please stay home.

Of course, it is also likely that a new variant or another surge may prompt the return of mask mandates, but for now we make this turn with a deep desire to be together, to see each other’s faces, and to forge community in life-giving ways. I am grateful for your part in that.

Blessings and peace,

The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, 2022

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The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany, 2022

Service Leaflet

LEAFLETS

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

NEWSLETTER

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ARCHIVES 

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

Second Sunday Book Group: Skid Road

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SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 1 P.M., Cathedral House 210 or via Zoom

We've chosen Josephine Ensign's, "Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in an American City (2021), for our March 13 discussion. Ensign, a professor in the School of Nursing, University of Washington, informs us that Seattle has the third highest homeless population in the United States and per capita probably the highest.

How can we reconcile Seattle as a progressive city with a city where homelessness is such a large, growing, and deeply entrenched problem? Ensign traces the history of how Seattle has dealt with the homeless by focusing on mostly unknown, forgotten people in different eras in its history, starting with Angeline, Chief Seattle's daughter, made homeless by colonialism and white supremacy. It's a fact-filled, no nonsense book that explores the intersection between homeless and ill-health and public policy. Finding solutions, Ensign shows, is not easy. Neither, she hopes, is it impossible.

Participate by zoom by emailing deborahbrown2559@me.com.

25th Sunday after Pentecost – 9am Service with Confirmations

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The 25th Sunday after Pentecost - 9am Service with Confirmations, November 14, 2021 

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.

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, 2021

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The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost - June 27, 2021

Service Leaflet 

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

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

Special Cathedral Worship: April 25, 9 a.m.

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Special Cathedral Worship at 9 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. on April 25
REGISTRATION OPENS 9 A.M. MONDAY, APRIL 19 Registration links found here.
In order that all may participate in the One Service for Turtle Island: A Liturgy for the Diocese of Olympia on April 25 at 11 a.m., the cathedral will offer its Sunday morning liturgy at 9 a.m. on that day, instead of 11 a.m. as usual. This liturgy will be available via livestream at 9 a.m. (with a video recording available soon after the service concludes), or you may register to attend in person. A link to join One Service for Turtle Island at 11 a.m. will be posted on the cathedral's usual livestream page.
NOTE: In lieu of the regular Saint Mark's 11 a.m. liturgy on Sunday, plan to join One Service for Turtle Island, led by the Diocese of Olympia Circles of Color.
  • 10:00am - Musical Prelude
  • 11:00am - Liturgy Begins
  • 12:30pm - Town Hall

Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

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Fritts Organ Concert – John Stuntebeck, Organist

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Fritts Organ Concert • John Stuntebeck, Organist

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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.

Print your Alleluia Poster Here

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IN PREPARATION FOR SHROVE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 5:30 PM

Click on the document link below and print out the file.

Color and decorate the poster pieces as you like before or during the Shrove Tuesday zoom gathering. Kids and adults alike can decorate the banner using crayons, markers, ribbons, or glitter. Ponder where in your house to hide your banner at the end of the night's service.

When the time comes to say goodbye to our Alleluias, you may hide the pieces together in your home, or in separate places, until it is time to bring them out again at Easter.

Click here to print the poster pieces

 

The Marriage of Jade Bawcom & Morgan Randall

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POST Vimeo Tests

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Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's

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 make a contribution online at saintmarks.org/give (link opens in new tab). You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.