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A Capitol Hill landmark for decades, known as the place to hear Handel's "Messiah" at Christmastime..
Although St. Mark's is quite majestic as it appears today, its parishioners had hoped for much more when construction began in the late 1920s. However, the Great Depression forced them to scale back their plans, and the church--much as it is today--was dedicated in 1931.
In addition to being known for its Christmas services, St. Mark's is popular for its Sunday evening Compline services sung by a male choir (and broadcast at 9:30 p.m. on KING-FM 98.1). For others it is a regular place for worship, with ministries ranging from adult and youth education, human sexuality, evangelism and a partnership with parishes in Russia.
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The church even has a concert information/ticket line at 323-1040.
Musical Inspiration. Do you think it would be interesting or even inspiring to have been able to hear monks singing solemnly in the grand churches of centuries past? Come to the free Sunday evening all-male choir performance at St. Marks live at 9:30 p.m. About 500 people fill the church just to hear the choir, their unaccompanied voices rising and echoing throughout the 70 year old, 20-story hollow of the church. You don't have to be episcopalian, or even religious, to be inspired by this touch of religious-art-music. It appears that most attendees are neither, but all leave satisfied and thinking good thoughts. This is popular every week; get there early, or you may have to sit on the floor.
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