Advent and Christmas
This page was last updated on November 21, 2013.
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. 16 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.
Friday, Dec. 6
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, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
Abbey Arts and KEXP present a unique contemplative indie concert featuring: Sera Cahoone & Friends, with Grant Olsen (from Gold Leaves), Tomo Nakayama (from Grand Hallway), and S (Jenn Ghetto).
Open seating & BYO floor cushions; 7pm doors, 8pm show
Tickets can be purchased through http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/503068
Learn more at fremontabbey.org/events/.
Sunday, Dec. 8
10:10 - 10:50 am
St. Nicholas classrooms and adult classes
Something new this year- St. Nicholas will visit us in the Faith Formation hour. Children and adults will have a chance to greet him!
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. 8
1 - 4:30 pm
Meet at the Cathedral and travel by bus to Seattle Center
Middle and high school youth are invited to a social event: skating at Seattle Center. You don't have to have prior experience to join us for this fun outing.
$7 admission includes skate rental. Contact Bre Overton, youth ministries, 206.696.3953 or email@example.com.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 5 pm
Sung by the Saint Mark's Women's Choir.
Friday, Dec. 13, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m.
Carols and Anthems from the Emerald Isle
Joyous music for the season with fiddle, pennywhistle, and harp. Plus the Seattle premiere of The Chelsea Carol by Eric Whitacre
To purchase advance tickets or get more information about the concert, go to www.seattlechoralcompany.org.
Sunday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (111 NE 80th Street, Seattle 98115)
The Center at St. Andrew’s and Saint Mark’s Cathedral are happy to announce co-sponsorship of seasonal quiet mornings: Advent 2013 at St. Andrew’s, Saturday, December 14 ~ Lent 2014 at Saint Mark’s, Saturday, March 8.
All are invited for this morning of silence, prayer, and reflection. Gather at 9:00am for coffee and pastries. At 9:15, we begin with Morning Prayer in the Anglican tradition followed by two periods of Centering Prayer with a short contemplative walk between in the tradition of Contemplative Outreach. At 11:00, we move individually where the Spirit is calling us in an unstructured time of shared silence. You may walk the stained glass Advent stations in the nave, sit in meditation in the Chapel, spend time in reflection or discernment, journal or do art work in other parts of the church. Our morning concludes with a brief group gathering and prayer to send us forth.
This Advent take time to make room for the Holy.
This Advent let’s make room in the inn of our hearts!
Sunday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m.
Caleb & Dani Richmond's house, Richmond Beach (Shoreline)
Come curl up by the fire in front of our Christmas tree and join the party.
Please bring a toy (new and unwrapped) that represents a part of your childhood. We will be collecting them to donate to Treehouse to brighten a local foster child's Christmas.
We'll provide food but you are welcome to bring treats to share. Please RSVP to Caleb at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 9th so we know how many to prepare for.
Sunday, Dec. 15, 4 p.m.
Diocesan celebration with music and dance.
The Commission for Ethnic Ministries and the Indo-Hispanic Committee of the Diocese of Olympia hosts the Celebration of the Feast for Our Lady of Guadalupe.
For more information, contact Alfredo Feregrino at email@example.com
Monday, Dec. 16, 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.
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3:30 pm
We can transform the space, and have lots of community fun in the process. Activities for all ages: potluck dinner, music by some of the practicing choirs, decorations to make for the BIG tree and more! Bring gardening gloves, clippers, and clothes to get messed up. If you cannot come for all, come for part, but DO COME!!
We need greens, especially cedar and holly with berries. You may leave the greens at the cathedral, starting December 10, under the fire escape stairs on the north side of the cathedral.
Saturday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, A Festival of Lessons & Carols has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the greater Seattle area. This classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience.
More details are available www.nwchoirs.org or 206.524.3234.
Sunday, December 22, 9 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15, 12:45-2:45 pm
Full cast rehearsal begins in the Childcare Center Classroom and ends in the Nave.
Come play with us as we retell the stories surrounding the birth of Christ in a truly different kind of pageant. For information, please contact Cindy in the Children/Youth office, 206.323.0300, ext. 225 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, December 24
4 p.m. Holy Eucharist
A service especially suited for families with children. Cindy Spencer, Children & Youth Ministries Coordinator shares the story of the Nativity with the children.
Featured music by The Boys and Girls Choir: Procedenti Puero (medieval carol); Qui Creavit Coelum (Song of the Nuns of Chester).
7 p.m. Festive Gathering Music and Carols
Featured music by the Youth Ensemble: Gloria, a Suite of Carols by Brian Fairbanks
7:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist
The Very Rev. Steve Thomason, Dean and Rector, preaching. The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of Olympia, presiding. Betelehemu (traditional); A Sign of Love by Paul Rausch 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: The Shepherd’s Carol by Bob Chilcott; Rise up, Shepherd arr. By Brian Fairbanks; Lullay my liking by Peter Hallock; Dadme albricias Spanish Carol.
Wednesday, December 25,
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Carols
The Very Rev. Steve Thomason, preaching and presiding
Saturday, December 28, 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 29
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
Monday, 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 5, 5 p.m.
Evensong with music from the Harvard Glee Club, with a recital and festive gathering to follow.
Monday, December 23, 7 am - 7 pm
Tuesday, December 24, 7 am - 12 midnight
Wednesday December 25, 9 am - 11 am
Thursday, December 26 - Saturday, December 28, 7 am - 7 pm
Sunday, December 29, 7 am - 10:30 pm
Monday, December 30, 7 am - 7 pm
Tuesday, December 31, 7 am - 12 midnight for the Labyrinth walk and Midnight Eucharist.
Wednesday, January 1, tbd
Wednesday, January 2, 8 am - 7 pm (normal schedule resumes)
Tuesday, December 24, 9 am - 4 pm
Wednesday, December 25, Offices Closed
-Thursday-Friday, December 26-27, 9 am - 4:30 pm
Monday, December 30, 9 am - 12noon
Tuesday, December 31, 9 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, January 1, Offices Closed
Wednesday, January 2, 9 am - 4:30 pm (normal schedule resumes)