During this period of pandemic, restrictions on public gatherings of course also apply to the sacred events of weddings and funerals. In 2020, always conforming to the current public health guidelines at the time, the cathedral has offered these ceremonies outdoors, as well as indoors and livestreamed over the internet. Please get in touch and we can explore what the current options are.
Saint Mark's Cathedral has a long history of beautiful beginnings for heterosexual and same-sex couples entering into a committed relationship together. If you are interested in reserving the Cathedral for your special day, the following information will help you:
- As the first step to beginning the preparations process of marriage at Saint Mark's, please read the Wedding Guidelines for the Service of Christian Marriage at Saint Mark’s Cathedral Booklet.
- Begin attending services at Saint Mark's to become familiar with the Cathedral clergy and the Episcopal Church's liturgy.
- After you have reviewed the marriage booklet, schedule an initial appointment, please call 206-323-0300, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have read and discussed the contents of the Guildelines document, you will be asked to sign an Acknowledgment Form. Thank you for your interest in Saint Mark's Cathedral as a holy place in which to begin your new life together!
The faith community at Saint Mark’s is honored to offer the hospitality of the cathedral to you in this time of loss and sorrow. It is our privilege to assist you in any way we can. As Christians, we proclaim that in death, life is changed, not ended, and we hope our ministry will help you to move forward with assurance that the person you love has passed through death into new life in God, and that in your grief, Christ makes himself present in compassion.
Funeral and memorial services at Saint Mark’s are based on the order of service provided in The Book of Common Prayer. The liturgy and music department will help your family to plan the service, and to choose readings, prayers, hymns, and music that proclaim our faith in resurrection; reflect and celebrate the life of the person who has died; and offer comfort and hope to all who mourn.
To inquire about scheduling a funeral please contact Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer at email@example.com, or one of the clergy at 206.323.0300 . Here are some resources to help you:
- A Guide to Planning Your Funeral (docx format)
- A Guide to Planning Your Funeral (pdf format)
- The Saint Mark's funeral planning form (docx format)
- The Saint Mark's funeral planning form (pdf format)
- Burial Rite Suggested Readings from Scripture (pdf format)
The Chapel of the Resurrection, which includes a columbarium, was opened in 1969. A columbarium is a permanent resting place for cremated remains. Anyone is welcome to be buried in the Chapel of the Resurrection. Read about the columbarium, including fees, here.
The possibility of interring ashes in a garden area of the front lawn has recently been discussed, and one interment has taken place in this way. Please ask if you are interested in learning more about this option.