The congregation of St. Mark’s Church meets Sunday mornings at 11am for a festive service of Holy Eucharist with music and preaching. We are an exuberant community that also appreciates contemplative silence. Our service follows a variety of forms as we move through the liturgical year. We are rooted in the Anglican tradition of the Book of Common Prayer, and we follow the Revised Common Lectionary.
Music is an integral part of our Sunday worship service – click here for more information about our music program. If you were raised in the Episcopal Church the service will seem familiar. If you are new to this style of worship our hope is that you will feel welcomed and nourished. Our worship includes professional and volunteer musicians. We are an inclusive and diverse community comprised of the young and the old, people living with chronic illness, college students, people living with mental illness, families, artists, gay, straight, a great mix of ethnicity and race, children and the occasional animal. Wherever you are in your personal journey of faith, there is a place for you at St. Mark’s. Our inclusiveness and diversity are made visible in the circle we make around the table at the time of communion. Join us!
Sunday, 11 AM
Holy Eucharist followed by coffee hour in the Sanctuary.
We have defied the ancient church tradition of serving coffee-like brown water and instead serve a well brewed cup of Mud coffee.
Wednesday, 6:30 PM
Our midweek service is an "acoustic, conversational reflection." A 30 minute service of Evening or Night Prayer that follows our food distribution and has become a time for those who have volunteered (primarily young adults) to gather to reflect. This service follows the daily liturgical calendar with special attention to the Episcopal calendar of saints, Holy Women, Holy Men.
Friday, 12 Noon
Noonday Prayers in the King-Romero Chapel
Noonday prayers Friday are a gentle transition to the weekend in the quiet balcony of the church. This is the most intimate service of the week with time taken for prayers and conversation about the readings. The Chapel is on the balcony level of the church. You may enter by entering the Parish Office building located behind the church to the right near 11th street. The church office and the entrance to the balcony are on the second floor.
Special worship services
St. Mark’s has a long history of innovative liturgies that draw heavily on the arts. Check the St. Mark’s calendar regularly for updates on our special worship services throughout the liturgical year, including:
Spring & Summer
On Ash Wednesday the Sanctuary is left open throughout the day for prayer and contemplation. Usually, our Sanctuary is closed to the public during the week because it is used for rehearsals for Danspace. Services are held throughout the day.
Good Friday Blues.
This annual holy week service uses blues music to re-visit the Passion of Christ told in the blues style with heartfelt vocal, instrumental and dance performances that bare witness to the events leading up to the crucifixion. The music is used as a cathartic vehicle for taking the audience on a journey like Christ’s struggle from degradation, pain and doubt to God’s gift and promise of a bright new existence.
St. Mark’s Day
St. Mark's Day is celebrated on the Sunday closest to April 25, after Easter Sunday. We celebrate with a special service and block party for the neighborhood.
Gay Pride Sunday Disco Mass & March
The Sunday of Pride week, St. Mark’s celebrates with a “Disco Mass” liturgy. Following the service St. Mark’s contingent marches in New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride March.
Fall & Winter
St. Mark’s celebrates its annual Homecoming with a special celebration and welcome of new member, usually the first or second Sunday after Labor Day. Following the service we enjoyed a barbecue in the garden followed by a premier of the season with our partner arts groups.
St. Francis Day
On the Sunday after, or sometimes closest to, October 4, we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis with a special Blessing of the Animals during the 11 AM service.
Dia de los Muertes and All Saints Day
St. Mark’s hosts a spectacular celebration in our East Yard with Mano a Mano, a Mexican Cutltural Center, that honors indigeneous rituals of honoring the dead in Mexico, dating back at least 3,000 years. The festival is celebrated by the creation of a special altar and a festival around the altar. We celebrate the weekend before or of Halloween (All Hallow's Eve) and All Saints Day as part of our commitment to honoring the spiritualities of the Americas. www.manoamono.us
Advent, Christmas and Epiphany
Advent Lessons and Carols
Christmas Eve, Holy Communion, Pageant and Carols
Christmas Day, Holy Communion and Carols
Three Kings Day , Holy Communion, Pageant and Gifts