Lent, Holy Week & Easter


Shrove Tuesday
Saint Mark’s will celebrate Shrove Tuesday with Pancakes, sausage and gumbo, a dessert auction, and festive music. Begin the night with a burning of the palms and end it by “burying our Alleluias” until Easter. All money raised during the pancake supper and dessert auction will support the High School Social Justice trip to the South and the Middle School Local Justice Experience with Native American Communities.

Ash Wednesday
The Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
7:00 a.m. Thomsen Chapel
12:00 noon Cathedral Nave
7:00 p.m. Cathedral Nave

Sunday Worship
8 a.m. Rite I Holy Eucharist in Thomsen Chapel
9 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the Nave
11 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the Nave
6 p.m. Cathedral Yoga
7 p.m. Contemplative Eucharist in Thomsen Chapel
9:30 p.m. Compline in the Cathedral Nave

MARCH 5, 4:30 P.M. & APRIL 2, 4:30 P.M., CATHEDRAL NAVE
Evensong on the First Sunday in Lent will be quiet and intimate, with the choir offering chant and other unaccompanied music from behind the altar. On the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Evensong will have a more boisterous urgency, with the choir in the gallery offering impassioned music by Howells and Parry.

Ancient nighttime prayers, sung by the Compline Choir.
A Seattle tradition since 1956.

Palm Sunday
When we step into the liturgy of Palm Sunday, we step over the threshold into Holy Week. We move beyond limitations of here and now; the curtain between the sensory world and the world of eternity dissolves and we pass through it.
Liturgy of the Palms, Procession, Reading of the Passion, Eucharist
8 a.m.- Thomsen Chapel.
9 a.m. & 11 a.m. – Cathedral Nave
The Palm Sunday Liturgy begins with a raucous, exuberant procession. We will gather on the front lawn (weather permitting). Bring trumpets, tambourines, and any kind of percussion instruments and noisemakers that you have.



Monday in Holy Week
7 p.m. – Holy Eucharist – Cathedral Nave
A quiet service of reflection, holding the tension between “doing” and “being.”

Tuesday in Holy Week
11 a.m. Bishop’s Chrism Mass and Renewal of Clergy Vows
Bishop Rickel and Bishop Unti invite Episcopal and Lutheran clergy to renew their ordination vows in this special Eucharist. All are welcome. A simple soup lunch follows.
7 p.m. – Healing Eucharist – Cathedral Nave
Laying on of hands and anointing for healing will be available.

Wednesday in Holy Week
12 noon – Holy Eucharist – Thomsen Chapel
7 p.m. – Tenebrae – Cathedral Nave
Chanted psalms and lamentations interspersed with readings while darkness gradually overshadows the assembly. Sung by the Adults of the Evensong Choir.

Maundy Thursday
7 a.m. – Morning Prayer – Thomsen Chapel.
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Sacrament of Reconciliation (sometimes known as “private confession”)
Thomsen Chapel
Priests will be available to hear private, confidential confession during this time, no appointment required. For other times, please contact a member of the clergy to schedule an appointment.
7 p.m. – Holy Eucharist with Maundy Thursday Liturgy – Cathedral Nave
The Maundy Thursday Liturgy invites us into the intimacy of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, his loving care for them in the foot-washing, his self-offering for them in the Bread and Wine. These enacted signs reveal sacrificial love and service as Jesus’ desire for the Eucharistic community of his disciples.
Footwashing, Eucharist, Stripping of the Altar
Music by the Saint Mark’s Singers and the Senior Choristers
Everyone is invited to participate in the footwashing. Be sure your footwear makes preparing at the time of the washing easy.

Good Friday
Good Friday’s liturgy is out of joint. We are in the desolate valley of our three day journey, the valley of the shadow of death.
11:30 a.m. Communal Walking of the Stations of the Cross
12 noon – Good Friday Liturgy
7 p.m. – Good Friday Liturgy – Cathedral Nave
The Passion, Solemn Collects, Contemplation of the Cross
Music by the Cathedral Choir


Holy Saturday: The Great Vigil of Easter
12:00 noon Holy Saturday Liturgy (Chapel of the Resurrection)
8:30 p.m.* Easter Vigil ~ Lighting of the New Fire and Paschal Candle; Exsultet; Baptisms, First Eucharist of Easter. Bring bells to ring to mark the Resurrection!
Music by the Senior Choristers, Cathedral Schola and Cathedral Choir
*Incense will be used.

Easter Sunday
Easter is the great feast of the Christian year, stretching across fifty days from the Easter Vigil through the Day of Pentecost.
8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Festival Choral Eucharist with renewal of baptismal vows
The Easter Egg Hunt follows the 8:30 a.m. liturgy.
*incense will be used at the 11 a.m. Easter Day Liturgy
Music by the Cathedral Choir with organ, brass, percussion, and handbells.
Childcare available
7:00 p.m. Contemplative Eucharist on Easter Evening (Thomsen Chapel)

Formation Opportunities during Lent

Inquirers Classes
Feb 26; March 5, 12, 19; and April 2
All are welcome to these classes, which cover the basics of the Christian faith through the lens of the Episcopal Church. Following these classes, many decide they want to become an Episcopalian through confirmation or reception into the church. Some who attend are experiencing a revival of the soul and may desire to reaffirm their baptismal vows. Inquirers classes roughly parallel Lent and are the oldest form of Lenten practice—preparation for baptism or confirmation. Contact  for more information or to register, nross@saintmarks.org.

Spirituality and Leadership: Leading from Within
Facilitated by Dean Steve Thomason
How do we exercise leadership as spiritually-centered people? This six-week series draws on selected resources from a variety of authors including Parker Palmer, Walter Brueggemann, Killian Noe, Bennett Sims, Margaret Wheatley, Richard Rohr, and Gerald May. We participate in paradigm shifts through a threefold process of recovery: 1) by confronting our pain; 2) waking to our true selves; and 3) reclaiming our innate creative powers. It is a move from “bondage into freedom” to be ourselves, unfolding into the discovery of our truest identity, as beloved of God, good and generous of spirit. Free and open to all.

Embracing the Enneagram as a Map for Spiritual Unfolding

Friday, March 10, 7-9 p.m. & Saturday
March 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., BLOEDEL HALL
The inner observer knows the difference between when we are thinking, feeling and acting out of patterned responses and when we are living in grounded presence. Contemplative prayer cultivates the capacities of the inner observer. But we become discouraged when we find ourselves reacting in our same old patterned ways in love, work and family life. The Enneagram provides a map for understanding the dynamics of the human condition and the barriers to living our spiritual freedom. This narrative tradition class is introductory in nature, relying on group participation in the panel method and introducing practices for working with the Enneagram in daily life. Read the course requirements and register online at saintmarks.org/wisdomschool.

Lenten Quiet Morning
All are invited for this morning of communal and individual silence, prayer, and reflection facilitated by Cherry Haisten. The morning will consist of Morning Prayer, two periods of Centering Prayer, as well as shared unstructured time in silence where you may choose among a number of contemplative activities. This event is co-sponsored by Saint Mark’s Cathedral and The Center at Saint Andrew’s. Reservations are appreciated. Donations ($10-$15 suggested) will be gratefully accepted. For more information or to register, please contact Cherry, cherryh@saintandrewsseattle.org.

Trinity: The Soul of Creation
April 6-8, 2017, BLOEDEL HALL
A Live Webcast with Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and William Paul Young The Shack who join together to discuss the dimensional mystery of the Trinity as the foundation and template for the entire universe. This event will allow space for local table conversations, time for personal reflection and prayer, and meals on your own. Fee $15 with optional meal add-ons. Full schedule will be available as date approaches. Register online at saintmarks.org/wisdomschool on the web: Find and share this schedule on Saint Mark’s website at saintmarks.org/holyweek.