Advent altar

Sunday, December 5, 2021:
The Second 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

4:30 p.m. • Music Series: Tapestry presents "Starry Night"
in person and livestreamed (ticket required)

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

9:30 p.m. • Compline
in person and livestreamed
Photo: the second Sunday of Advent. Read about the cathedral's special Advent altar frontal here.

For the Pageant and all three Christmas Eve services

Tomorrow at St. Andrew's, Green Lake

Sharing our treasures and our stories

Sustainable gifts for everyone on your list

This Sunday
Pre-registration for Christmas Eve Services and The Pageant of the Nativity is Now Open.

As of Thursday evening, at least 100 spots remain available for each liturgy.

Visit to find the registration links.
An Advent Quiet Morning

TOMORROW! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 9 A.M.12:30 P.M., at Saint Andrew's Green Lake, 111 NE 80th St., Seattle

Join Christine Sine at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church for this special Quiet Morning. Breath prayers, walking meditation, creative and contemplative activities, and unstructured time for quiet reflection will help us rekindle the wonder of Advent.
This event is co-sponsored by Saint Mark’s Cathedral and Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Free, with donations gratefully accepted ($10–15 suggested). Learn more here.
Intergenerational Crèche Sharing Event

THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 10:10–10:50 A.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom.

All are invited to participate in this Sunday's Intergenerational Creche Sharing Event, in person or online. For those participating in person, don't forget to bring your nativity scene with you when you come to church on Sunday! There will tables in Bloedel Hall where you can display your crèche, and during the event you will be invited to share a brief story about it. If you would like to participate from home, join using this Zoom link. Then simply take your phone or computer—however you are joining us online—to where your crèche is set up, and use the "raise hand" function or drop a note in the chat box to let us know when you’re ready to share your story. If you do not have a crèche, we’ll have supplies to make a simple one (with several options) in Bloedel Hall. Dean Thomason will bless all the crèches at the conclusion of the event.
Tapestry presents "Starry Night," with James Falzone

THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 4:30 P.M., ticketed livestream or in person

On Sunday, the Boston-based Tapestry Vocal Ensemble will open the 2021-22 Music Series with their program Starry Night, a exploration in poetry and music of angels in different traditions, and a meditation on the star-lit sky, ideal for the Advent season. Saint Mark's community member and acclaimed local musician James Falzone joins as a guest performer.

Learn more about Tapestry here, the Music Series here, and purchase livestream or in-person tickets here.
Newcomer's Coffee with Clergy

THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 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!
A Conversation about Intersectionality by Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz
THIS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021, 6:45 P.M.–8:15 P.M, Bloedel Hall and via Zoom
Join Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz Wednesday evening for a conversational presentation about Intersectionality and its importance in our congregational life and ministries in the world.
Sunday Forum: Sabbatical Reflections with Canon Jennifer King Daugherty
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 10:10-10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Canon Daugherty returns from her three-month sabbatical on December 1 and is looking forward to sharing her experiences and learning with the Saint Mark’s community. Join her on December 12 for the Sunday Forum, in which she will talk about her Celtic pilgrimage to Ireland, Iona, and the Isle of Skye, as well as time spent in other holy places in the United States. Sabbatical time is meant for rest, renewal, and cultivation of creativity and curiosity for the benefit of the faith community. All of that happened and she is very glad to be returning to Saint Mark’s. Come be part of her early reflections on her time away; there will be much to share in the coming months.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021, 2 P.M., via Zoom, registration requested.

Join the Seattle Service Corps for a one-hour storytelling fundraiser that showcases how our corps members continue to “Blossom Abundantly” in SSC. Hear stories of growth and formation as members share their hopes, learnings, experiences, and goals for the program year. Discover how they are following the Way of Jesus and discerning their own ministry in the world.
Register here. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the event. To learn more, visit

We are told that this is “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for many who are experiencing or have experienced loss, grief, or hardship, the festive season can in fact be particularly painful and alienating. Saint Mark’s has a long-standing tradition of holding space for prayerful care and companionship for those who find the holiday season a painful or difficult time. The "Blue Christmas" liturgy is a special service of Holy Eucharist in Thomsen Chapel, intended to hold a space for whatever you may be going through, while offering the hope of light and peace. This service will take place only in person in Thomsen Chapel. All are welcome.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2021, 7 P.M., in person in the cathedral nave, and livestreamed.

Pre-registration and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required to attend in person. Register to attend in person using this link.

In 2015, the leadership of Saint Mark's Cathedral formulated a vision of a new kind of Christmas Pageant, bringing together the choirs and children of the community with costumes of cathedral finery, visual art displayed within cathedral architecture, and special instrumental accompaniment to reflect upon the Nativity of Christ as told in Holy Scripture. See video, programs, and photos from previous years' pageants here.

Midnight Eucharist at the center of the labyrinth, observing the Feast of the Holy Name.

Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test must be presented at the door for admission. (See below.)

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.

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.
Saint Mark's Seek Applicants for Events Support and Facilities Associate

Saint Mark's Cathedral is currently accepting application for the position of Events Support and Facilities Associate. This person will will work closely with other facilities staff and under the supervision of the Cathedral Facilities Manager to maintain a clean, hospitable, and safe environment on the cathedral property. The Associate plays a vital role in the maintenance and security of the cathedral buildings and grounds as well as providing hospitality and support for a variety of services and events. This position is slated for 30 hours per week, usually serving a flexible schedule each week to meet the needs of the cathedral and its constituent groups and rentals. Find a complete job description, including necessary qualifications, physical requirements, and salary range, at Please pass this announcement along to anyone you know who may be interested.
Guest Teacher at Cathedral Yoga This Monday: Annabell DuMez-Matheson

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

Cathedral Yoga is pleased to welcome a special guest teacher Annabell DuMez-Matheson to lead the group this coming Monday, December 6. Annabell writes: "I believes life is a journey and we are all on our own paths; however, when our paths intersect, we can find hope and healing. Yoga has become something on my path that has brought me deep connection and strength. Moments we can pause, consider, see, and celebrate the NOW can be beautiful. I believe yoga helps us daily, both on and off the mat, to discover that gift. It would be a pleasure to journey with you on your path and practice of yoga regardless of your background or experience. All bodies are welcome.  Trauma informed, body positive, accessibly minded."

Note: On Monday, December 20, Cathedral Yoga will be relocated to the Carriage House for another offering of Yoga Nidra Meditation led by Wendy Townsend.
Second Sunday Book Group

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 world – a synthesis of the wisdom of sages and faith traditions, as well as a personal and communal story. It’s more than high-minded pie in the sky. It’s practical and a worthy companion to Presiding Bishop Currie’s Love Is the Way and our parish’s discussions on Lament. Her book has been praised by liberal evangelicals, rabbis, scholars, and activists alike. “Forgiveness is not forgetting,” she writes. “Neither is it a substitute for justice.” To join by Zoom, email Deborah.
The Giving Tree 2021


Once again, Saint Mark’s is sharing Christmas joy with families from Casa LatinaLowell Elementary School, and Mary’s Place. The Giving Tree is full of tags, and will be placed in the nave for the next two Sundays. For Casa Latina and Lowell Elementary, pick a tag off the Giving Tree, or donate online at (Choose "Casa Latina & Lowell School Gift Cards" from the list of options.) For Mary’s Place, visit their Amazon Wish List here, or come by and choose a tag from the Giving Tree. You may also donate by mailing a check to Saint Mark’s (with “gift cards” in the memo line), or using the Venmo mobile app (@SaintMarksCathedralSeattle; put "gift cards" in the comment), or by calling Erik Donner at 206.323.0300 x217.

 If you have questions about the Giving Tree, please contact Wendy Claire Barrie ([email protected]) or call 206.323.0300 x223.
Christmas Memorials Thanksgivings

Help underwrite the beautiful flowers and special music of the season by making a special contri­bution in honor or memory of someone. You can make your gift online at fill out the form inserted in your bulletin on Sunday and make your gift by check. Return the form with your check in the offering plate, to the cathedral office, or by mail (instructions may be found on the form.) Contributions received by December 12 will be acknowledged in the bulletins on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Need ideas for Christmas gifts? Check out these ten sustainable gift recommendations from Creation Care Ministry members for friends and family of all ages.
Sunday, December 5, 2021:
The Second Sunday of Advent

Thomsen Chapel; in-person only

Presider and Preacher: The Reverend Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

Organ: Dieterich Buxtehude, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
Rebecca Groom te Velde, Besançon: Carol of the Advent (tune of “People, look East!”)
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 Reverend Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz
Presider 11 a.m.: The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason;
Preacher: The Reverend Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

Baruch 5:19
Philippians 1:311
Luke 3:16

9 a.m. & 11 a.m.:
Comfort, comfort ye my people [Hymn #67]
Prepare the way, O Zion [Hymn #65]
11 a.m.: There’s a voice in the wilderness [Hymn #75]

9 a.m.: Arr. Richard Fabian, The Song of Zechariah
11 a.m.: Francisco Guerrero, Canite tuba in Sion

9 a.m. & 11 a.m.:
Georg Böhm, Variations on Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele
Rebecca Groom te Velde, Besançon: Carol of the Advent (tune of “People, look East!”)
Presider: The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason

Musician: Charles Coldwell, recorder
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.

Plainsong, Redeemer of the nations, come
Richard Proulx, Nunc dimitttis
Peter R. Hallock, Rorate caeli desuper
SUNDAYS, 10–10:50 A.M., St. Nicholas Building, 2nd Floor

This coming Sunday, December 5 we hope you'll join us at 10 a.m. for the Intergenerational Creche Sharing Event in Bloedel Hall or on Zoom in lieu of usual Sunday School. Sunday School will meet on December 12 & 19, but not on December 26 or January 2.

Look for more information about our special plans for Sundays in the New Year soon!
There is a new edition of the Children, Families, & Youth newsletter, looking forward to intergenerational offerings in Advent. Read it here (and use the "Update Profile" link at the bottom of this email to sign up to the Children & Families and Youth email lists).
The 20s/30s Group sent out a new issue of their newsletter, containing events and recommendations for the Advent season and beyond. Click here to read the new issue (and use the "Update Profile" link at the bottom of this email to sign up to the Young Adult email list).
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.
Kirkland Choral Society presents: GLORIA! Music for the Season and our Time

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 7:30 P.M., in the cathedral nave

The Kirkland Choral Society 2021-22 season begins with an enchanting holiday concert, this year at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle. We can again connect our hearts through music, together, in the concert hall. This concert, a favorite holiday tradition for so many, features the full choral-orchestral version of the Vivaldi Gloria, performed with their wonderful partner orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest. The beautiful music and setting for this performance will remind you why people frequent this concert year after year. For tickets please visit the ticket page.​
Please note: proof of vaccination, ID, and masks are required at our Gloria! holiday concert. You may also appreciate that all performers are fully vaccinated and will wear masks, and that ticket sales will be limited to approximately half the fire code maximum occupancy. KCS will comply with all state and local COVID-19 restrictions in effect at the time of the concert.
Bishop Rickel's 2021 Advent Message may be seen above. A transcript can be read here.
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]
Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

Pastoral Care Emergency Line: 206.323.0300 x100
Connect with us