Even though the cathedral building is closed at this time, the community of Saint Mark's is vibrant and active. In addition to the regular offerings (including livestreamed liturgies, online prayer services, and children's offerings), here are some exciting upcoming special events:

Alternative Giving 2020: Online Christmas Giving Tree

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Yes! Saint Mark’s is still sharing Christmas joy with families from Casa Latina, Lowell Elementary School, and Mary’s Place even though we can’t meet in person! This year, we need donations for gift cards.


Donations for Casa Latina, Lowell Elementary School, & Mary's Place

Our neighbors have asked that Saint Mark’s provide gift cards rather than physical gifts this year, for safety’s sake—so we are asking you for donations here to purchase a $25 gift card for each child for Casa Latina and Lowell Elementary School to distribute to their families. (We invite you to donate to Mary’s Place directly.)

In this year of so much hardship, your generosity means even more to these wonderful families, and the gifts cards will help parents provide food and toys for their children for the holidays. So instead of taking a tag from a tree, please think of how many children you might “buy a Christmas present for” and donate online here by December 7 so that we can provide the gift cards with plenty of time for families to shop! You may also donate by mailing a check to Saint Mark’s (with “gift cards” in the memo line), using the Venmo mobile app (@SaintMarksCathedralSeattle; put "gift cards" in the comment), or by calling Erik Donner at 206.323.0300 x217.

Photo: Last year's Giving Tree in Bloedel Hall.

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Mirabai Starr Returns to Saint Mark’s

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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 the connection between loss, spiritual longing, and reframing the future. The teachings of the sixteenth-century Spanish saints Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross show us how we may approach the radical mystery that often accompanies loss and lament as a spiritual opportunity rather than as a problem requiring a solution. By engaging a contemplative approach, we cultivate an environment of emotional refuge and deep peace in which we can name and offer our burdens to the Holy One.

Our time together will include poetry and contemplative reading, deep dialog in small breakout groups, writing exercises, and a closing liturgy. We especially invite those who are grieving any kind of loss or those who find the holiday season a painful or difficult time. We will gather via Zoom. The event is free but pre-registration is required. Register for the workshop here. For more information, contact Canon Jennifer Daugherty at jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org.

2020 Advent/Christmas Schedule of Events

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The schedule of special liturgies, events, and offerings, from The First Sunday of Advent on November 29, to the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord on January 10, is now available.

Highlights include the return of Mirabai Starr on December 5, another Hymn Sing with Canon Kleinschmidt and Dean Thomason in Decemeber 13, a reimagined New Year's Eve Labyrinth walk, and much more.

View the complete schedule here. 

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 send participants vegetarian friendly appetizers from our own Chef Carolina. Questions? Email Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com).

Register using this link.

See the trailer below:

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Blossom Abundantly—SSC Storytelling Fundraiser

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 12–12:30 P.M. (during regular virtual coffee hour), via Zoom.

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing.

— Isaiah 35:1–2a

JOIN US December 13 at 12 p.m. for a half-hour storytelling fundraiser that showcases how corps members continue to “Blossom Abundantly” in SSC.

Come and be inspired as corps members share stories of growth and formation. Discover the hopes and goals of this year's cohort, and hear how they are following the Way of Jesus.

After you register, you will receive a Zoom link prior to the event!

At the event, you will be invited to make a recurring donation in support of the Seattle Service Corps. Check out the tiers and rewards in the flyer below (click to enlarge, or download here):

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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. Email Peter McClung for the link: petercamfan@gmail.com

Personal Prayer Time in the Cathedral for Advent

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Register for a 20-minute time period.

  • Wednesdays, December 2, 9, 16, or 23 between 12 and 2 p.m.
  • Sundays, December 6, 13, or 20 between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

There are two slots available in each time period. A party of individuals from the same household may claim a single slot.

or call Erik Donner at 206-323-0300 x217 for a reservation.

Personal Prayer Time in the Cathedral is for anyone who wishes to come into the Cathedral nave for quiet, prayerful reflection during Advent. Although the building remains closed for public gathering, the reopening plan allows for personal prayer to happen in the nave following safety protocols. Clergy will facilitate these personal prayer times on Wednesdays and Sundays during this holy season.

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“Pop-Up” Eucharist for Small Groups

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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 are invited to gather a masked, socially distanced small group outdoors (5 or fewer people, or 10 or fewer if on Saint Mark’s lawn) for a simple Eucharist with one of the priests. This 20–30-minute service could take place anywhere—a private backyard, a park, or the cathedral lawn, for example. Just ample space for distancing requirements. The parishioner host ensures a table for the altar and chairs for all participants, and the priest will bring the rest. Gather together to share communion!

Watch Canon Daugherty's brief video introduction:

If you’d like to host or participate in a “Pop-Up” Eucharist, please contact Canon Jennifer jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org or any of the priests.

Participants will be required have their temperature taken upon arrival, as well as sign a waiver confirming that they have had no recent COVID symptoms or potential contact with COVID cases. Participants must remain masked and distanced at all time. 

“Blue Christmas” Candlelight Prayer with Clergy

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 4–8 p.m. by reservation

or another day by appointment; call Erik Donner at 206-323-0300 x217.

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 and lament to  the Holy One who loves us. A Saturday morning workshop and liturgy, Luminous Night: A Spirituality of Loss, Grief, and Hope with interspiritual teacher Mirabai Starr is December 5.

And Blue Christmas Candlelight Prayer with Clergy is the evening of December 17, where you are invited to come to Saint Mark’s for 20-minute prayer sessions. Prayer sessions will take place  in the quiet and peace of the cathedral nave. There are two slots available in each time period, and a party of individuals from the same household may claim a single slot.

While there, you may pray on your own or light a candle to remember a special person, people, or to acknowledge other intentions you hold in your heart. If you desire, you may also talk privately with a clergy member (masked and distanced).

Registration is required. If you cannot come on December 17, a priest is glad to make an appointment with you for another day during the Advent or Christmas season. Call Erik Donner at 206.323.0300 x217 or email edonner@saintmarks.org to schedule a separate time.

(For the safety of our beloved community, only two people or two family units at a time may enter the Cathedral during their pre-registered time. Anyone who enters must sign a health and safety waiver. When you arrive for your appointment, Cathedral staff will collect your waiver and take your temperature. You must remain masked at all times and maintain appropriate social distancing while inside Cathedral buildings.)

Saint Mark’s Music Series 2020–21 Season Announcement

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The 2020–21 Saint Mark's Music contains a variety of offerings, from beloved annual traditions to encounters with the unfamiliar. You can read the series announcement email here. This year, all the event on the Music Series will be livestreamed and viewable for free.


Details of the complete series may be found on the Music Series page here. 


Highlight include:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020, 7:30 P.M.

Flentrop Organ Concert with Canon Kleinschmidt

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020, 7:30 P.M.

Native American Flute Songs with Gary Stroutsos

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021, 7:30 P.M.

Fritts Organ Concert with John Stuntebeck

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021, 7:30 P.M

Concert à 3: with Jillon Dupree, Rebekah Gilmore, & Page Smith

PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2021, 4:30 P.M.

Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021, 7:30 P.M.

All-Bach on the Flentrop Organ with Alex Weimann

Check out the Music Series page to learn more!