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An Advent Message from Dean Thomason
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Please take a moment to watch a brief video message from Dean Steve Thomason, reflecting on the season of Advent that is about to begin, and highlighting a few of the cathedral’s upcoming offerings. See the complete schedule of events, and stay up to date with the changing situation at: saintmarks.org/advent

Advent Hymn Sing! Hosted by Dean Thomason and Canon Kleinschmidt
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 4:30 P.M., via Zoom Dean Thomason and Canon Kleinschmidt’s first Hymn Sing was so much fun, they’ve decided to throw another one! They invite you to join in singing Advent hymns and carols via Zoom. Do you have a favorite hymn that expresses the Advent themes of longing, hope, and expectation? This is the occasion! Requests are encouraged, from any hymnal. Make your hymn request here. Join via the Zoom link here.

“A Life On Our Planet” Watch Party
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 5–7:15 P.M.  “A Life On Our Planet” Watch Party, Sponsored by 20s&30s and Creation Care ministry Celebrate a greener holiday season. Join the 20s30s and Creation Care for a watch party via Zoom to view and discuss David Attenborough’s documentary, “A Life On Our Planet.”  We’ll share observations and eco-friendly ways to keep the season festive while thinking about how these actions can become practices that open us to deeper spiritual connections. Prior to the film, we’ll … Read More

Ministry Celebration & Blessing for Canon Cristi’s Departure
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 12:30 P.M., via Zoom Ministry Celebration & Blessing of Canon Cristi’s Departure Following the Service Corps presentation, during regular Virtual Coffee Hour on December 13, there will be a farewell blessing of The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman and a celebration of her ministry among us, on the occasion of her final Sunday at the cathedral. Join using this link! Also, check out the interview with Canon Chapman recorded in the fall of 2019 for the cathedral’s podcast:

Mirabai Starr Returns to Saint Mark’s
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UPDATE: The leaflet for the concluding liturgy of this event may now be downloaded here: Luminous Night: Concluding Liturgy   SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 9:30-11:30 A.M., via Zoom (no fee; registration required) Hosted by Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. Luminous Night: A Spirituality of Loss, Grief, and Hope Renowned interspiritual teacher Mirabai Starr returns to Saint Mark’s on December 5 to offer a virtual workshop on loss, grief, and hope.  She will share teachings from the mystics of various traditions that illumine … Read More

Robert and Laura Ellen Muglia Present the Largest Gift in Saint Mark’s History
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Read Dean Thomason’s message to the parish regarding this exciting news. More information about the future of the St. Nicholas property can be found here. Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral Receives an Extraordinary Gift SEATTLE, WA— Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle, has received a major gift from long-time cathedral members Laura Ellen and Bob Muglia. Seventeen years ago, the cathedral joined with The Laura Ellen and Robert Muglia Family Foundation to acquire the St. Nicholas Building, a historic school building immediately … Read More

Alternative Giving 2020: Online Christmas Giving Tree
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UPDATE!  The generosity of Saint Mark’s parishioners to the 2020 Alternative Giving opportunity was overwhelming. The cathedral ended up sending more gift cards to Casa Latina and Lowell Elementary than they asked for! For Lowell Elementary and Casa Latina, you gave $14,700—for a total of 588 gift cards, and that does NOT include gifts to Mary’s Place (which collected donations directly). Know that our friends at Casa Latina and Lowell were so heartened—responding a resounding “WOW” and “That’s incredible!” THANK … Read More

“Pop-Up” Eucharist for Small Groups
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UPDATE: With the current surge in COVID cases, Pop-Up Eucharists have been postponed for safety’s sake. Please check back in the New Year, for rescheduling when it is safe to gather again. The cathedral buildings are closed, but the Saint Mark’s community remains active, connected, and committed to the spiritual journey together. As we turn toward Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas, one new way to give thanks to God and nurture our common life is through hosting a “Pop-Up” Eucharist! Parishioners … Read More

“Blue Christmas” Candlelight Prayer with Clergy
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UPDATE: At this time, all the slots on Thursday afternoon have been claimed. Please call Erik Donner at 206-323-0300 x217 to schedule an alternative time to come to the nave. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 4–8 p.m. by reservationor another day by appointment;. Saint Mark’s has a long-standing tradition of holding space for “Blue Christmas” – prayerful care and companionship for those who find the holiday season a painful or difficult time. This year, we offer two particular opportunities to offer grief … Read More

Altar in the World: A Pre-Thanksgiving Offering of Service and Prayer
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 10–11:30 A.M. (mini-pilgrimage), 12 P.M. (prayer service) Watch video of the concluding prayer service: Service Leaflet As the season changes and the weather becomes colder, Saint Mark’s offers an opportunity to remember and be of service to those in our community who lack safe and secure shelter. Participants will create small care packages, known as “Manna Bags,” containing items that people experiencing homelessness themselves have said are most useful to them. The act of assembling these bags … Read More

A Message of Gratitude from the Saint Mark’s Stewardship Ministry
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The members of the Stewardship Ministry of Saint Mark’s Cathedral have made the following video message to express their gratitude for all who have participated in this year’s annual Stewardship campaign. Please take a moment to watch, including a bit of special music played by Canon Kleinschmidt at the end. You can still make your annual pledge! Please visit saintmarks.org/stewardship, or contact Erik Donner in the cathedral office: edonner@saintmarks.org or 206.323.0300 x217.

The 2020 “O” Antiphons Serivce
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UPDATE: The full video of this year’s service may be seen below. Download this year’s service leaflet here. Scroll down for more information! SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 7 P.M., livestreamed at saintmarks.org/livestream The annual “O” Antiphons Liturgy is considered by many to be a highlight of the liturgical year at Saint Mark’s. The particular form of this liturgy that we use was invented here, first presented in 1986, and is today used by churches around the world. It is structured around … Read More

Cathedral Bees Update—Fall 2020
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We are happy to report that we continue to have two thriving hives on the roof of Bloedel Hall. We are especially grateful for the steady help and interest of Jaime Rubio. He has given our bees the extra daily attention they’ve needed this season. It’s been enjoyable to watch the hives flourish. We witness healthy behavior including the bees fanning their wings to regulate temperature in the hive. We continue to see lots of yellow pollen coming in. It … Read More

Creation Care Interview: Dr. Lisa Graumlich
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Dr. Lisa Graumlich, in conversation with Kylee Krida Lisa Graumlich is dean emeritus of the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. She has devoted her career to studying the causes and impacts of climate change, with a special focus on using paleoecological records such as tree-rings to understand the magnitude of human impacts. She is passionate about science communication, and she speaks frequently on climate change impacts and adaptation. She has testified on long-term climate variability before … Read More

Hymn Sing! Hosted by Dean Thomason and Canon Kleinschmidt
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 4:30-5:30 P.M. Join in an old-fashioned Hymn Sing via new-fashioned Zoom. Hymn requests from any hymnal will be welcomed. (For this occasion, please do not request Advent or Christmas hymns; opportunities to sing those are coming soon!) The Zoom link for this event is found here. Use this form to request ONE favorite hymn. This is a first-come, first-served process; act fast!

YOUR Voice is Needed—O Come O Come Emmanuel
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UPDATE: The video had its premiere at the conclusion of the “O” Antiphons liturgy, and watching it was a meaningful and moving experience for many. Huge thanks to everyone who participated, including community members from across the country and around the world! The completed video can be seen below, or with the other recent offerings on the Virtual Choir Video Collection page. You—yes, YOU—are invited to be part of a video offering of “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” the closing … Read More

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