Dear Ones,

As we continue in shock and mourning at the senseless murders yesterday in our city, we are moving to offer St. Mark’s Cathedral as a place for solace and prayer.

This brings the death toll to seven people in Seattle in just the past week and now 22 for the year, almost four times as many as the same time last year.

This also points to the rising resorting to gun violence to settle differences.  I ask you to keep this all in your prayers, especially for those now grieving the loss of loved ones, gone so quickly due to senseless acts.

You will find details for the Vigil planned for Friday just below.  I believe there will be a service prior to this at 6:30 at St. James’ Cathedral as well.  I also commend that to you  as well.



Service of Vigil and Prayer for Victims of Violence
offered by Saint Mark’s Cathedral

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral,

1245 Tenth Avenue East (Capitol Hill)

Seattle, WA 98102


[Seattle, WA] Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral invites the community to a Service of Vigil and Prayer for Victims of Violence. In response to the tragic events of Wednesday, May 30, and the increase in violence in recent weeks, Saint Mark’s is offering the entire community an opportunity to gather at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1 for a quiet service of prayers, reflection, and readings. The service is open to all.

“The recent shootings in Seattle remind the Church, as the Body of Christ, of our need to sow peace in the hearts of all people,” said the Rev. Canon Lance Ousley, Priest-in-Charge. “Saint Mark’s Cathedral is here to offer a comforting space in our city, so that we all may be present with one another in these times of loss, grief and questioning. This Cathedral community stands with all of Greater Seattle as we seek healing, wholeness and solace from the violence that has pierced our world.”

Bishop Greg Rickel added, “This Cathedral is a Cathedral for the entire community.  We welcome all to come, to pray, to reflect, and to find solace and comfort.  We will continue to offer prayers for all victims of this senseless act of violence and those who mourn their loss.”

The Cathedral is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors are always welcome to stop by for quiet reflection and prayer. A simple evening prayer service is offered regularly at 6:30 p.m. Monday – Friday in one of the chapels.

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral

Located on Capitol Hill in Seattle, we are a community of faith–people of God, who seek to proclaim boldly by word and action the reconciling Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that the light and love of God are at the very heart of all things. This light and love are fully manifested for Christians in the life of Jesus of Nazareth and we believe they are also revealed in all of the great faith traditions. We commit to living into this sacred light and sharing it freely with all. Our community is known for its extensive outreach to the homeless and powerless and we provide a Commons where issues of justice and faith are explored. Saint Mark’s is also the home of great music, and every Sunday evening for over 50 years the ancient service of Compline has been sung. More at


For further information, contact Liz Sloat at lsloat@saintmarks.org206.323.0300, x219.