DAILY EVENING PRAYER
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.
About Evening Prayer at Saint Mark's
For more than 20 years, Evening Prayer has occurred every weekday evening here at Saint Mark’s. This worship ministry of daily prayer meets Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Thomsen Chapel (unless pre-empted by another worship service or event happening at the same time), led by a small but faithful group of Episcopalians. In this service, which marks the end of the work day for most of us, we acknowledge that all time is God’s time, and we give praise and thanks that all time is in God’s hand.
Evening Prayer is one of four similar prayer services in the Book of Common Prayer 1979—the others being Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, and Compline. These liturgies, collectively called the “Daily Office,” derive from Christianity’s earliest centuries, and versions of these services are prayed by Lutherans, Roman Catholics, Orthodox and other traditions, to this day. At the time of the English Reformation a version of the Daily Office was crafted in English for the first Book of Common Prayer, from which our service is derived—thus Evening Prayer is a distinctive part of our Anglican heritage as well.
The practice at Saint Mark’s was instituted in September 1998 by The Very Reverend Gerald Porter, Provost of the Diocese of Olympia at the time. Provost Porter viewed Evening Prayer at the Cathedral as one way of celebrating the unity of Saint Mark’s and other congregations in the Diocese as one people of God. Central to this vision was the invitation to licensed lay readers in Seattle-area congregations to serve as worship leaders.
All are invited and welcome to join us any weekday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Thomsen Chapel. The service usually lasts about 30 minutes.
If you have questions about attending Evening prayer, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you are interested in learning how to become a licensed worship leader of Evening Prayer, contact Cathedral Sacristan & Head Verger Michael Seewer.