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Advent and Christmas

This page was last updated on December 19, 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 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

Christmas Pageant with Eucharist

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

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

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.

O Holy Night: A Gospel Christmas Concert

Sunday, Dec. 21, 4 pm
Bloedel Hall

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.

Click here to read more!

A Festival of Lessons and Carols presented by Northwest Boychoir

Saturday- Monday, Dec. 21-23
Cathedral Nave

Details and tickets: 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
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

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

Saturday, December 27, 12 noon
Cathedral Eucharist

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

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