Compline is now re-open to the public every Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. All are welcome!
UPDATE: Starting Sunday, August 21, face masks are again OPTIONAL in cathedral buildings. The designated "distanced section" remains available. Read more here.
The Compline service from Saint Mark's will continue to be broadcast on KING 98.1 FM and livestreamed indefinitely.
Watch on the cathedral's livestream page here, or via Facebook Live (either the cathedral's page or the choir's page), or on the cathedral's YouTube channel. For more information, please visit the Compline Choir's website.
About the Office of Compline
A beloved Seattle institution since 1956, the all-male Compline Choir sings the last monastic office of the day every Sunday at 9:30 p.m. When the cathedral building is open, hundreds pack the nave each week for this meditative service, while thousands more listen to the broadcast on KING-FM, 98.1, streaming online at king.org, or via the podcast.
The Order of Service for the office of Compline as it is sung at Saint Mark's—the so-called "Seattle Rite"—may be seen here.
Beginning during the closure, the texts of the hymns and anthems to be sung at Compline are posted each week on The Compline Underground blog.
Listen & read more:
Organ by Night
The return of in-person Compline services also marks the return of another favorite late-night musical event: post-Compline organ music! These informal mini-concerts have introduced generations of Seattleites to the power and beauty of a real pipe organ. All are welcome to listen in the nave, or join the organist in the loft to see what playing an instrument of this size is really like. (The radio program The Organ Loft, which airs on KING-FM immediately following Compline each week, was inspired by this tradition.) A Q&A in the loft usually follows the performance.
The new iteration of this offering, called Organ by Night, will be offered once a month, on the third Sunday of each month.
The Women's Compline Choir of Saint Mark's
In the summer of 2019, the men of the Compline Choir traveled to the U.K. for two weeks, serving residencies in Canterbury and Salisbury. To cover the services during absence, Saint Mark's Associate Musician Rebekah Gilmore was asked to assemble an all-female choir, comprising some of the most accomplished choral singers in the Seattle area. The services they sang, the first all-female services in the 63-year history of Compline at Saint Mark's, were deeply moving to many, and may be heard here. It was decided that "Women's Compline" would become an annual summer offering from Saint Mark's. Although during the pandemic of 2020 the full choir could not assemble, a quartet of singers drawn from the women's choir chanted the office on July 19 & 26, 2020. The full complement of singers gathered again on July 18 and 25, 2021, although the services were closed to the public. This year, on July 17 and 24, 2022, a full choir featuring some of the finest choral singers in the region will chant a service open to one and all. Learn much more about the Women's Compline Choir, with photos and video, here.