Advent and Christmas
This page was last updated on December 19, 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, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sunday, Dec. 21, 4 pm
Note 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.
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
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 Youth Ensemble and 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
Saturday, December 27, 12 noon
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
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)