The Episcopal Church is united through worship that takes its form from the Book of Common Prayer. How that is expressed, however, knows great variety. Saint Mark's is what some refer to as High Church or Anglo-Catholic in its worship expression. What this means is that we believe that all our senses are to be engaged in giving praise and worship to God, and we find great meaning of expression in traditional forms of worship, from the Daily Office to the Highest Mass.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
March 26 | Holy Monday Mass 7pm
March 27 | Holy Tuesday Mass 7pm
March 28 | Holy Wednesday Mass 7pm
March 29 | Maundy Thursday Liturgy followed by Vigil at the Altar of Repose 7pm
March 30 | Good Friday Liturgy with Communion from the Reserve Sacrament 12 noon, Stations of the Cross 2:15pm and Musical Meditation 7-8pm
March 31 | Holy Saturday Liturgy 8am
March 31 | Great Vigil of Easter and Sung Mass 8pm (reception to follow)
April 1 | Easter Sunday Sung Mass 10am (egg hunt to follow)
Easter Flowers, Music and Eggs
Please make a donation to Saint Mark’s in memory or honor of a loved one or in thanksgiving for life’s blessings. Any amount is most welcome. Flyers can be found in the narthex. Please return by March 25 for inclusion in the Easter service bulletin. Also, help fill the basket in the narthex on Sundays with filled, plastic eggs for the egg hunt on Easter Day.
Our worship is firmly rooted in the Eucharistic Rites of the Book of Common Prayer, occasionally supplemented with authorized alternative prayers and confessions, such as those found in Enriching Our Worship, volumes 1 and 2, or in use by the Order of the Holy Cross. The sacrament of the Eucharist is the focus of our liturgies.
- At 8 am we gather in the Chapel for a said service from the more traditional language of Rite I.
- At 10 am we gather in the Sanctuary for a Sung Mass from Rite II. We use traditional vestments, incense, bells, organ and full choir, chant and the singing of hymns at this service.
During each day of the week we give opportunity for you to gather in community for worship, which certainly helps to keep our minds and hearts centered on Christ as we go about the ordinary (and extraordinary!) work of our lives.
- Morning Prayer: Monday-Saturday (except Wednesday) at 8 am
- Noonday Prayer: Monday-Friday at 12:15 pm
- Evening Prayer: Monday-Friday at 5:15 pm
- Holy Eucharist on Wednesday at 8 am and with anointing the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm
Note: Major feast days will be celebrated with a mass rather than Morning or Noonday Prayer. Please see worship schedule brochure in the narthex or the master calendar on the website.
occasional saturday liturgy
This meld of a traditional Anglican service and improvisation-based jazz and rock is hugely popular, and are scheduled on select Saturdays of each month. Our musicians are amongst the finest performing musicians in the L.A. area. This service is appropriate for those familiar with church and those new to any form of Christian Ministry. Through the jazz and rock genres, so much passion, hope, lament, memory, vision, and love can be found for those who choose to seek it out. Those with very traditional spiritual souls may enter the music and be surprised to find common ground.
Recent offerings have included jazz, bluegrass, Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miz, and Bob Dylan. The talent is brilliant; the mood is cool and reflective; God is named and celebrated and there's space for everyone. By "everyone", we do mean . . . everyone.
major feast day observances
Throughout the year we celebrate certain major feast days with a weekday Mass, some Sung and some Said, some on a weekday at 8 am and some on a weekday at 7 pm. Be sure to keep an eye on our calendar! In addition to our very special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses, and our Lenten worship, we celebrate the following special feast days:
- The Holy Name, January 1
- The Epiphany, January 6
- The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, February 2
- The Annunciation, March 25
- Saint Mark, our Patron, April 25
- The Ascension, varies with Easter
- Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, May 31
- Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, June 24
- Saint Mary Magdalene, July 22
- The Transfiguration, August 6
- Saint Mary the Virgin, August 15
- Holy Cross Day, September 14
- Saint Francis of Assisi, October 4
- All Saints Day, November 1
- The Holy Innocents, December 28