Sunday, December 19, 2021:
The Fourth Sunday of Advent

8 a.m. • The Holy Eucharist
in person in Thomsen Chapel

9 a.m. • The Holy Eucharist
in person in the cathedral nave

11 a.m.The Holy Eucharist
in person and livestreamed

7 p.m. • Contemplative Eucharist
in person in Thomsen Chapel

9:30 p.m. • Compline
in person and livestreamed
Cover photo by Kevin Johnson of last Sunday's morning service, with gifts for the mothers and children of Mary's Place offered before the altar.

A Community Celebration, January 5

A Saturday workshop with Bishop Jennifer Baskerville Burrows

Sunday, January 2

Seeking Assistance for Two Afghan Refugees
See below
In-person Registration Update

As of Thursday evening, December 16, all spots for The Pageant of the Nativity and all Christmas Eve services have been claimed. Spaces may open up due to cancellations, so you are welcome to add yourself to the waitlist using the same registration links available here. (Note that if you are on the wait list and receive a notification that a spot has opened up, you have 24 hours to respond.) And, of course, all are welcome to participate via livestream, and attend the 10 a.m. Christmas Day service.
Twelfth Night Bonfire and Burning of the Greens

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2022, 6:308 P.M.

By ancient tradition, the celebration of the Feast of Christmas lasts twelve days, beginning December 25 and ending on January 5 (that is, the day before the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6). The evening of the last day of Christmas is known as “Twelfth Night,” and is an opportunity for festivity and reflection. Come together in the cathedral nave on January 5 for a brief rite to bid farewell to Christmastide and to usher in the Season of Epiphany. Then, we’ll have a bonfire of the Christmas greens in the lower parking lot, followed by hot drinks and festive snacks for all. Portions of this event will be livestreamed.
Following Jesus to a New Counter-Cultural, Post-Pandemic Normal

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2022, 9:30 A.M.–3 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall OR online via Zoom, registration required

The year 2022 is already being called “the year of all things,” as the world attempts to catch up on two years of pandemic postponements. But Jesus, ever attentive to the present moment, calls us to liberation from the tyranny of being overcommitted and offers us the invitation to rest, heal, and be well. This workshop will explore the resources of our faith tradition for grounded and connected life and ministry for all of God’s people. The workshop leader, The Rt Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, is bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis and the first black woman to be elected a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church. Learn more about Bishop Baskerville-Burrows and register to participate (in person or online) at this link.

PLEASE NOTE:  For this all-day event, proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test (professionally-administered PCR test in the previous 72 hours) will be checked at the entrance. Those without proof of vaccination or negative test will not be admitted. Masks must be worn at all times while indoors.

Bishop Baskerville-Burrows will also offer a sermon at the morning services on Sunday, January 16, and participate in a "Friends Talking" forum with Dean Thomason between during the 10 a.m. hour in Bloedel Hall on that day.
Holy Honey is Here!

THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 10 A.M. (between morning Eucharist services only)

Stay late or come early to purchase a bottle of this year's Holy Honey, fresh from the roof of Bloedel Hall. It will go fast; one bottle per customer, $10 each. Cash or check, please.

Q: Why is there still so little honey available for sale? A: Now that our bees are thriving, most of the honey stays in the hives to feed our little buzzers through the winter. A limited supply is a good thing!
Choral Evensong on the Ninth Evening of Christmas


On the eve of the first full work week of 2022, come raise your voice with the Evensong Choir in gentle prayers and songs of Christmastide. The choir will offer music of Healey Willan and Richard Shephard, and all will join in hymns to include "A stable lamp is lighted," one of the richest hymns of the season, first introduced by Saint Mark's choristers at O Antiphons and in the Pageant of the Nativity.
Saint Mark's at Seattle's MLK Jr. Rally & March on January 17


Grab your walking shoes and join us at the 2022 MLK Jr Rally and March in Seattle on Monday, January 17. 2022 will mark the 39th year of the event honoring Dr. King's legacy. Stay tuned for more information soon. Contact Eliacín at [email protected] if you are interested in this event.
THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 10:10 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Winter solstice brings the first day of winter and a return of more sunlight. Drawing from a selection of poems connected to light, parishioner and English professor Doug Thorpe will guide us in a time of reading and reflection to discover creation themes. A slideshow of light-inspired photos from Saint Mark's parishioners will also be shared. 
20s/30s GROUP
A Service of Lessons and Carols in Solidarity with Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers

THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 4 P.M., St. Peter's Episcopal Parish in the International District

Join the Saint Mark's 20s/30s Group at St. Peter's Episcopal Parish in the International District, to support the diocese's multicultural outreach programs and get to know a parish in our diocese with a long and fascinating history. St. Peter's is offering a Service of Lessons & Carols in Solidarity with Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers next Sunday, December 19 at 4 p.m. Click here to learn more. Contact Emily Meeks if your are interested in carpooling from the cathedral.
THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 10:10 P.M., after Compline

Formally known as post-Compline organ music, these last-night mini organ concerts have introduced generations of Seattleites to the power and beauty of a real pipe organ. All are welcome to listen in the nave, or join the organist in the loft to see what playing an instrument of this size is really like. For this December iteration of Organ by Night, Compline Choir Director Jason Anderson will offer works by Near, Rippen, Walcha, Pachelbel, and Diemer.

Organ by Night takes place immediately after Compline on the third Sunday of the month.
Special Yoga Nidra Meditation Class with Wendy Townsend

MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 6:30 P.M., temporarily relocated to Carriage House

Due to preparations for the Pageant of the Nativity, Cathedral Yoga will be once again relocated to the Carriage House on Monday, December 20, where ministry leader Wendy Townsend will lead participants through a one-hour yoga nidra meditation. This will involve intentional relaxation along with visualization, guided by Wendy’s voice throughout. Those who participated in a similar offering last month found the experience both relaxing and deeply meaningful. Bring your yoga mat to lay on, or a cushion to sit on if you prefer.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2021, 7 P.M., in person in the cathedral nave, and livestreamed.

At this time registration for in-person attendance is at capacity. Please join via livestream!

Rehearsals are now well underway, and all of the many people involved in making Saint Mark's one-of-a-kind Pageant happen are thrilled to be able to present this exciting and prayerful offering to the community once again. See video, programs, and photos from previous years' pageants here.

Volunteers are needed to serve lunch at Community Lunch, a service that provides free meals and survival services to hundreds of homeless and low-income people of Seattle, just down the street from the cathedral at All Pilgrims Christian Church on the corner of Broadway and Republican.

Sign up by emailing Rev. Emily Austin. Masking and distancing requirements apply. Learn more about Community Lunch here.



For over two decades, the labyrinth at Saint Mark's has been a Seattle New Year's Eve tradition. As the old year passes and a new one begins, take time in the quiet, candle-lit space of the cathedral nave to pause, look inward, and experience the labyrinth. Further details TBA. All are welcome.

We are currently seeking volunteers to serve one-hour slots during the labyrinth walk, to welcome and guide the many guests that are expected. Contact Michael Seewer if you can help with this important work: [email protected]

Masks must be worn at all times. Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test (*professionally-administered PCR test, in the last 72 hours) will be checked at the door.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 1 P.M., Cathedral House 210 or via Zoom

Sikh, activist, attorney, feminist, film maker, and author: that’s Valarie Kaur. She became an activist in the wake of 9-11. She's a Stanford graduate, has a degree from Harvard Divinity School, a law degree from Yale, and is film maker. A close friend of her family was killed in the first hate crime after 9/11. His crime: he was wearing his customary turban. The Second Sunday Book Group's selection for January is See No Stranger, a practical guide for healing ourselves and changing the worlda synthesis of the wisdom of sages and faith traditions, as well as a personal and communal story.

To join by Zoom, email Deborah.
20s/30s Pop-Up Questioning Together and Compline

SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2022, 7:30 P.M., Leffler Living Room

“How do you experience God in darkness and in light?” We’ll start off 2022 exploring this question with a conversation facilitated by Seyi Akanni. Gather for dessert from 7:308 p.m. followed by an hour of Questioning Together. For those interested, a group will go to Compline together at 9:30 p.m. Questions? Email Seyi Akanni ([email protected]).
ESL assistance needed for two Afghan women

One of the families connected with Sahar has recently arrived in Seattle from Afghanistan. The two women in the family need some initial ESL (English as a second language) support. This is not a long-term commitment; just until they can get more settled. For more information, please contact Dean Thomason ([email protected]) or Kathy Sodergren ([email protected]).
Giving Tree Totals: Thank You for Your Generosity!

From online donations to the Giving Tree for Casa Latina and Lowell Elementary, $5,180 was raised to purchase Target gift cards in $50 or $25 increments. In combination with gift tags that were purchased directly by parishioners, we reached the requests of 100 gift cards for Casa Latina and 75 gift cards for Lowell Elementary. Additionally, Mary's Place received about 100 gifts from Saint Mark's parishioners.
Yin Yoga with Leah Adams

MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 6:30 P.M., in the cathedral nave

Cathedral Yoga is thrilled to welcome instructor Leah Adams to lead the offering on December 27. Leah is is a mindful Yin Yoga instructor and Ayurvedic wellness counselor who also incorporates functional breathing, neuroscience and Chinese Medicine Theory into her practice, helping others reset and find balance. A cancer survivor with a former career in advertising and fashion, she believes wholeheartedly that opportunities to practice yoga are everywhere, not only on the yoga mat. She is ever grateful to her Yin Yoga teachers Bernie Clark and Sarah Powers. Leah is a lifelong student who now lives and teaches in the Seattle area.

Yin Yoga is a beautiful, meditative, and centering yoga practice. The intention of these classes is to create space to support the nervous system, reduce stress/anxiety, and build resilience. Yin Yoga is a complementary practice to more active styles of yoga, often described as "the other half of exercise." This class offers an opportunity to explore mindfulness and the subtler aspects of a personal practice. Working with gravity, students move gently through poses, holding each pose for several minutes. The Yin practice provides a balance to the pace of modern living, restoring students’ vitality and supporting natural rhythms.
Seattle Service Corps Now Recruiting for 2022/23

Do you know a young person who might be interested in spending a year living in intentional Christian community and working in a community non-profit? Are YOU such a young person? If so, consider a service year with the Seattle Service Corps. Applications for the 2022/23 SSC program are now open. Click here to learn more and see the application.

Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. Don't hesitate to contact Seattle Service Corps Director Adam Conley with any questions you may have, as you discern whether a year with the Service Corps is right for you: [email protected]
Creation Care Newsletter—New Issue

The Creation Care Ministry has just released the latest issue of their newsletter, containing original reflections, event announcements, recommendations, and more. Read it here.

Sign yourself up to receive future Creation Care newsletters using this link, or click on "Update Profile" at the bottom of this email.

10 Gift Ideas: Sustainable Christmas List
Need ideas for Christmas gifts? Check out these ten sustainable gift recommendations from Creation Care Ministry members for friends and family of all ages.

Please note: The next Creation Care ministry meeting is on January 18, 2022, 6:30–8 p.m., via Zoom. There is a new Zoom link for this meting beginning in January: join using this link.
Help For Tornado Victims

On Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11, a line of severe weather spread across the central United States, spawning over 50 tornadoes. Many lives were lost in these storms, and homes and businesses were severely damaged or destroyed. Episcopal Relief & Development is in contact with the affected dioceses as they assess the needs in their communities, and it stands ready to assist in the coming days and weeks. Please pray for the people impacted by the deadly tornadoes. Donations to the U.S. Disaster Fund will support Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners as they respond.
Mission: JOY


Join Meaningful Movies Project offered by the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia for deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, Mission: JOY, an online screening of the documentary featuring dear friends, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu. Learn more here.
YULE from St. Luke's Renton

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 7 P.M., at St. Luke's in Renton

Every solstice and equinox, St Luke's Renton presents a unique liturgy which uses music and poetry, ritual and movement to acknowledge the beauty of the natural world and the interweave of the seasons with our own spiritual lives. With the upcoming Winter Solstice service, these seasonal liturgies resume as in-person offerings. The music, led by former Saint Mark's Cathedral Canon Musician Mel Butler will features organ, piano, guitar, trumpet, clarinet, and voices. Learn more here.
Sunday, December 19, 2021:
The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Thomsen Chapel; in-person only

Presider & Preacher: The Reverend Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz 

Come, thou long expected Jesus [Hymn #66]
O come, O come, Emmanuel [Hymn #56]

Organ: Philip Moore, Veni Emmanuel
Diedrich Buxtehude, Magnificat on the First Tone, BuxWV 203
in-person only

in-person & livestreamed
Download the service leaflets in advance here.
Join the 11 a.m. service via livestream here.

Presider, 9 a.m.: The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason
Presider, 11 a.m.:
The Reverend Canon Jennifer King Daugherty
Preacher: The Reverend Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz

Micah 5:2–5a
Hebrews 10:5–10
Luke 1:39–55

9 a.m. & 11 a.m.:
Come, thou long expected Jesus [Hymn #66]
The angel Gabriel from heaven came [Hymn #265]
11 a.m.:
Creator of the stars of night [Hymn #60]

9 a.m.: Anon., A Virgin most pure (Cornish ballad tune)
11 a.m.: Robert Parsons, Ave Maria

9 a.m.: Marcel Dupré, Meditation on the first verse of the Song of Mary
9 a.m. & 11 a.m.: Diedrich Buxtehude, Magnificat on the First Tone, BuxWV 203
11 a.m.: Marcel Dupré, Three Meditations on the first verse of the Song of Mary
Presider: The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

Musician: James Falzone
Now open to in-person attendance. Broadcast live on KING 98.1 FM, and; livestreamed on and Facebook and YouTube; and available as a podcast. Learn more here.

O heavenly Word, eternal Light, Plainsong, Mode II
The angel Gabriel from heaven came, Basque carol; arr. Edgar Pettman
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging, German folksong, as arranged for the King's Singers by Philip Lawson

"Organ by Night" post-Compline recital on the Flentrop by Dr. Jason Anderson (see above).
Newcomer's Coffee with Clergy

SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 12 p.m., and the first Sunday of each month

A special virtual coffee hour just for newcomers, or anyone with questions about Saint Mark's. Find the link to join here. Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested!
Sunday School Update

NEW TIME: SUNDAYS 10:15-10:55 A.M.

Sunday School will meet in person and online this Sunday, December 19, from 10:15 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. (please note new start time). Kids of any age may attend either class. Godly Play meets in the St. Nicholas building, 2nd floor. Building Faith Brick by Brick uses LEGOs to explore scripture and meets over Zoom. Join using this Zoom link. Sunday School will not meet December 26 or January 2. 
Click here to read the most recent issue of the 20s/30s Group newsletter.
Each week, those for whom the community has been asked to pray are published each Friday afternoon in the Cathedral Prayer List, found as a PDF at

On that same page, find information about joining the cathedral's Prayer Chain, to receive emails about individual prayer requests as they are submitted.
Saint Mark’s Cathedral acknowledges that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People, who are still here, and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the life of the Duwamish Tribe. [Learn more]
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