As a community, we are creating more opportunities to be together in prayer, contemplation, and silence, whether practicing in small groups at diverse times, offering seasonal, parish-wide, quiet days or improving our personal relationship with prayer.
IN-PERSON OPPORTUNITIES IN ADVENT
During the closure of the cathedral building, in addition to the livestreamed liturgies, Saint Mark's is offering three ways to pray and worship in person during the season of Advent: Personal Prayer in the nave (by reservation), "Pop-up" Eucharist (by appointment), and "Blue Christmas" prayer with clergy.
Monday through Friday, 6:30–7 p.m.m Thomson Chapel
Lay readers from Seattle-area congregations including the cathedral lead a spoken service of daily prayer following the form of the Book of Common Prayer 1979, every weekday evening at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here. Offering will continue via Zoom video-conferencing until Phase 3 or 4, when Thomsen Chapel reopens.
Mondays, 7:15–8:15 p.m., Thomsen Chapel
Opening our mind and heart—our whole being—to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Silence, spiritual walk, and readings. Learn more about centering Prayer here. Offering will resume in Phase 3 or 4 of reopening, per the Governor’s guidelines.
First Sunday of the month, October–June, 4:30–5 p.m., Cathedral Nave
The ancient practice of singing evening prayers is a longstanding tradition in cathedrals throughout the world, particularly those of the Anglican tradition. The Saint Mark’s Evensong Choir, a intergenerational choir of children, teenagers, and adults, offers this beautiful service once a month. All are welcome. Learn more and see the complete schedule for the current season here. Service will continue to be offered each month via livestream (no in-person congregation) until Phase 4 of reopening.
Every Sunday, 9:30 p.m., Cathedral Nave
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. Hundreds join together in 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. More information can be found at complinechoir.org. Service will remain closed to the public until Phase 4, but live broadcasts continue uninterrupted each week on king 98.1 fm, or streaming at king.org.
On New Year’s Eve each year, and on other special occasions, we lay down a giant labyrinth in the nave to give individuals the space to experience the peace, the quiet and the balance that the labyrinth path can bring. And, of course, the cathedral’s long-anticipated outdoor labyrinth is now available at any time for a prayerful meditation walk. Learn more here.
Every Sunday, 6–7 p.m., Cathedral Nave
In the sacred space of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, this spiritual practice is designed to improve health, release tension and deepen spirituality. It is a gentle practice, and the instructors guide the group in ways that welcome newcomers and experienced practitioners alike. Learn more here. Offering will resume in Phase 3 or 4 of reopening, per the Governor’s guidelines.
Do you or someone you know need urgent spiritual care? Please the 27/7 Pastoral Care Hotline at 206.755.2076 and our on-call chaplain will respond as quickly as they are able.
In addition, Clergy are available for individual pastoral appointments, and when desired, administration of sacraments including anointing and confession. To schedule an appointment, please call the main office at 206.323.0300. Learn more more about Pastoral Care here.
"Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." —Philippians 4:6
The Prayer Chain receives the names of members, family and friends who have requested prayer. Seventy-plus members pray, each in their own way, for parishioners, family and friends who have requested prayers of various concerns. These may come because of a death, birth, illness, job loss, military service or struggles with children or parents.
Requests may be made so that only the prayer chain members offer prayers. Others may wish their requests included in the Prayers of the People in the Sunday and weekday liturgies. The Prayer Chain is known in the Saint Mark's community as being present and here for any and all who desire, need, count on prayer support. To be added to the Prayer Chain list to receive prayer requests, contact Canon Jennifer King Daugherty.
To request prayers, send an email to email@example.com or call 206-323-0300.