Advent and Christmas
This page was last updated on November 20, 2014.
We invite you to join us for events and activites offered at the Cathedral during the season of Advent and Christmas (and at all times of the year). Sunday service times remain the same throughout the month.
For Christmas Eve, click here.
You might want to bookmark this page so you can check back regularly. This page will be updated as events are scheduled and information becomes available. For a full schedule of Cathedral activities please see the online calendar.
Help underwrite the beautiful flowers and music of the season by making a special contribution in honor or memory of someone. Names submitted by Dec. 17 will be included in the service bulletins for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Make your gift online here.
Or you can write a check payable to Saint Mark’s Cathedral and note on the memo line "for Christmas Memorials/Thanksgivings". Place a list of the names (as you would like them to appear in the bulletin) together with the check in the offering plate or return by USPS to:
Attn. Christmas Memorials
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
Opportunities for Prayer and Contemplation
Throughout advent, we continue to offer our regular services throughout the week including weekday times for prayer and contemplation.
Saturday, November 29, 7:30 pm
The Byrd Ensemble, a Saint Mark’s Artists-in-Residence, offers a Baroque Christmas program featuring carol arrangements by German masters J.S. Bach and Praetorius, and readings by actor Nurmi Husa. Saint Mark’s parishioners get a 50% discount off tickets. (Code: STMARKSSEATTLE) www.byrdensemble.com.
Sunday, November 30, 5 pm
Families of all shapes and sizes are invited to welcome the beginning of Advent with a community potluck before the O Antiphons service at the cathedral at 7 pm!
Sunday, November 30, 7 pm
Every year on the first Sunday of Advent, the Cathedral Choir, directed by Canon Musician Dr. Mel Butler, the Boys and Girl's Choir directed by Rebekah Gilmore, and the Compline Choir, under the leadership of Dr. Jason Anderson, present this hauntingly beautiful and mystical service which includes incense, processions, lessons, and carols based on the seven “O” Antiphons as found in each verse of the Advent hymn O come, O come Emmanuel. Each of the antiphons presents a name given to Christ drawn upon Old Testament predictions about the Messiah (such as O Wisdom, O Branch of Jesse, O Key of David, O Desire of Nations, and O Emmanuel).
Each part of the seventy-minute service begins with the Compline Choir’s chanting of the “O” Antiphon in Latin, immediately followed by an English setting sung by the Cathedral Choir. During the singing of each antiphon, magnificent banners depicting that Antiphon are processed to candlelit stands on the altar platform. A lesson, a carol, anthem or hymn and a collect then follow. After the seventh banner has been processed, the entire assembly accompanied by bells and organ sings O come, O come Emmanuel.
Friday, Dec. 5, 7 pm
Sunday, Dec. 21, 4 pm
Note corrected time and location. Join us for a festival of Gospel Christmas music. Your presence will help support the Total Experience Gospel Choir, the Diocese of Olympia's Richard Younge Clergy of Color Fund and Kent Church of the Nazarene's Immigrants Ministry.
The world renown Pastor Patrinell Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir of Seattle produce this powerfully moving show O Holy Night: A Gospel Christmas Concert this Advent at several area venues co-sponsored by the Diocese Of Olympia’s African-American Committee, Saint Mark’s Cathedral - Seattle, Church of the Nazarene – Kent, Christ Episcopal Church - Tacoma, and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church – Bellevue.
Sunday, Dec. 7
following the 9 am service
Who was St. Nicholas? Learn more about St. Nicholas here.
We need people to prepare cookie dough (in their homes) in advance, and people to assist with the cookie baking in Leffler House kitchen on Saturday, December 7 from 11:30 - 1:30 . If you would like to help prepare for this grand event, please contact Cindy Spencer, children and family ministries, 206.323.0300, ext. 225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 5 pm
Sung by the Saint Mark's Women's Choir.
Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (111 NE 80th Street, Seattle 98115)
A morning of silence, prayer, and reflection, co-sponsored by Saint Mark's and St. Andrew's.
Saturday, Dec. 13, 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m.
The winter solstice is the longest night of the year and a turning point, after which each day will become imperceptibly a little longer. Marking its seventh annual Cathedral Christmas series at Seattle’s Saint Mark’s Cathedral, the SCC invites listeners to experience through music the deepest reaches of darkness and the returning of light in our lives.
“On Christmas Night: From Darkness into Light” will feature music of all styles, artfully melded into a collage, that combines music and poetic narration. SCC director Freddie Coleman skillfully blends classical works, carols, popular songs, and more, to create a unique and intensely meaningful experience.
The public is invited to arrive one hour before the start of the program to hear program information from SCC director Freddie Coleman. The traditional family carol sing-along will then take place at 7:30 p.m. At 7:45 p.m., pre-concert carols will be played by guest artists, The Resonance Hand Bell Choir.
To purchase advance tickets or get more information about the concert, go to www.seattlechoralcompany.org.
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 3:30 pm
A festive community gathering with music an dfood, as we decorate our sacred space together.
Thursday, Dec. 18, 7 pm
For many people Christmas is a complicated season. It is the time when we feel with special acuteness the loss of those who used to be at our Christmas table. We can feel deep aches of grief, even while we are surrounded by all sorts of joyful expressions in the season. Saint Mark’s Cathedral will offer a “Blue Christmas Service” as a holy container for these very real emotions. All are invited to join us for this transforming Eucharist that honors our sense of loss and grief and helps us enter into the holidays more fully.
Sunday, December 21, 9 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14, 12:45-2:45 pm
Full cast rehearsal begins in the Childcare Center Classroom and ends in the Nave.
All are invited as our children and youth retell the nativity story. For information, please contact Cindy in the Children/Youth office, 206.323.0300, ext. 225 or email@example.com
Sunday, December 21, 11 am
The Cathedral Choir, along with a chamber orchestra and guest mezzo-soprano soloist Katherine Weld, will perform an extended Magnificat, composed by Mel Butler in 1976 and newly revised for this occasion.
Saturday- Monday, Dec. 21-23
Details and tickets: www.nwchoirs.org or 206.524.3234.
Wednesday, December 24
4 p.m. Holy Eucharist
Families with children especially welcome.
Featured music by The Boys and Girls Choir
7 p.m. Festive Gathering Music and Carols
Featured music by the Youth Ensemble
7:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist
The Very Rev. Steve Thomason, Dean and Rector, preaching. The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of Olympia, presiding. Featured music by the Gallery choir
10:15 p.m. Festive Gathering Music and Carols
11 p.m. Holy Eucharist
The Very Rev. Steve Thomason, Dean and Rector, preaching. The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of Olympia, presiding. Featured music by the Cathedral Choir
Thursday, December 25,
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Carols
The Rev. Canon Dr. Nancee Martin, Associate to the Rector, will preach and preside. Choral music by the Saint Mark's Singers.
Friday, December 26, 7 pm
Sunday, December 28, 7 pm
As part of the regular Sunday evening Contemplative Eucharist, we will observe the feast day of St. John the Evangelist.
Saturday, December 27, 4 - 6 p.m.
We invite our friends and neighbors to join us for our annual informal Christmas Carol sing with Mel Butler at the piano and Flentrop organ. Please, join us at any time and stay as long as you can!
Sunday, December 28
8 am Thomsen Chapel
9 am Cathedral Nave with the Saint Mark's Singers
11 am Cathedral Nave with the Saint Mark's Women's Choir
7 pm Thomsen Chapel
Tuesday, December 30, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Join us for our annual New Year’s Eve labyrinth walk. Spend the evening in quiet meditation, dwelling in that space between what is past an what is to come. Suggested donation of $5/person or $15/family accepted at the door.
Feast of the Holy Name: Midnight Eucharist At conclusion of Labyrinth walk, as the new year begins, we will ring bells and celebrate Eucharist.
Sunday, January 4, 5 p.m.
Choral Evensong with music by the Peregrine Medieval Vocal Ensemble, followed by a community celebration and bonfire.
Tuesday, January 6, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 24, 8 am - 12 midnight
Thursday, December 25, 9 am - 11 am
Friday, December 26 - Saturday, December 27, 8 am - 7 pm
Sunday, December 28, 8 am - 10:30 pm
Monday, December 29, 8 am - 7 pm
Tuesday, December 30, 8 am - 7 pm
Wednesday, December 31, 7 am - 12 midnight for the Labyrinth walk and Midnight Eucharist.
Thursday, January 1, tbd
Friday, January 2, 8 am - 7 pm (normal schedule resumes)
Wednesday, December 24, 9 am - 4 pm
Thursday, December 25, Offices Closed
Friday, December 26, Offices Closed
Monday, December 30, 9 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, December 31, 9 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, December 31, 9 am - 1 pm
Thursday, January 1, Offices Closed
Friday, January 2, Offices Closed
Monday, January 5, 9 am - 4:30 pm (normal schedule resumes)