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Advent and Christmas

This page was last updated on November 20, 2014.

Advent at Saint Mark's Cathedral

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.

Christmas Memorial and Thanksgiving Gifts

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.


A Baroque Christmas: Bach & Brass A Byrd Ensemble Concert

Saturday, November 29, 7:30 pm
Cathedral Nave

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

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Advent Family Potluck

Sunday, November 30, 5 pm
Bloedel Hall

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!


The Great O Antiphons

O Antiphons

Sunday, November 30, 7 pm
Cathedral Nave

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.


O Holy Night: A Gospel Christmas Concert

Friday, Dec. 5, 7 pm
Cathedral Nave

Sunday, Dec. 21, 4 pm
Bloedel Hall

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

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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.

Click here to read more!


St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra visits

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 cspencer@saintmarks.org.


Choral Evensong

Sunday, Dec. 7, 5 pm
Cathedral Nave

Sung by the Saint Mark's Women's Choir.


Making Room for the Holy - An Advent Quiet Morning

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.


A Cathedral Christmas 2014: On Christmas Night Seattle Choral Company Concert

Saturday, Dec. 13, 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m.
Cathedral Nave

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.


Greening of the Cathedral

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 3:30 pm
Cathedral Nave

A festive community gathering with music an dfood, as we decorate our sacred space together.


Blue Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 18, 7 pm
Thomsen Chapel

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.


Christmas Pageant with Eucharist

Sunday, December 21, 9 a.m.
Cathedral Nave

Rehearsal:
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 cspencer@saintmarks.org


Special offering of Mel Butler's setting of Magnificat

Sunday, December 21, 11 am
Cathedral Nave

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.


A Festival of Lessons and Carols presented by Northwest Boychoir

Saturday- Monday, Dec. 21-23
Cathedral Nave

Details and tickets: www.nwchoirs.org or 206.524.3234.


Christmas Eve
The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord

Wednesday, December 24
Cathedral Nave

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


Christmas Day

Thursday, December 25,

10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Carols
Cathedral Nave

The Rev. Canon Dr. Nancee Martin, Associate to the Rector, will preach and preside. Choral music by the Saint Mark's Singers.


Celebrating the Feast of St. Stephen

Friday, December 26, 7 pm
Thomsen Chapel


Celebrating the Feast of St. John the Evangelist

Sunday, December 28, 7 pm
Thomsen Chapel

As part of the regular Sunday evening Contemplative Eucharist, we will observe the feast day of St. John the Evangelist.


Neighborhood Carol Sing

Saturday, December 27, 4 - 6 p.m.
Cathedral Nave

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!


Service of Lessons & Carols with Holy Eucharist

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


New Year's Eve Labyrinth Walk with Midnight Eucharist

Wednesday, December 31, 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Cathedral Nave

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.


Choral Evensong and Burning of the Greens

Sunday, January 4, 5 p.m.
Cathedral Nave

Choral Evensong with music by the Peregrine Medieval Vocal Ensemble, followed by a community celebration and bonfire.


Feast of the Epiphany

Tuesday, January 6, 7 p.m.
Thomsen Chapel


Cathedral and Office Hours during the Holidays

Cathedral Nave

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)

Office Hours

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)

Saint Mark's Cathedral
1245 Tenth Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102
206.323.0300