Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
St. Mark's rejoices in our Anglican heritage and Hawaiian mission roots, and both are evident in our worship. In addition to Sundays, worship is offered Monday through Saturday.
Solemn High Mass
The Sunday Solemn High Mass at 10:00 am is the highlight of the week for many at St. Mark's. Our High Mass uses incense every Sunday and enjoys high quality music from gifted musicians who are mostly volunteer. The Men of the Choir sing the Minor Propers, and when the choir is on summer break, a cantor leads the music. The language is Rite Two from the Book of Common Prayer, although the text of the Ordinary of the Mass is often traditional English or Latin due to the choral settings. The Gloria and the Creed are usually sung by the congregation, whereas the Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei are sung by the full choir, however, exceptions to this practice are made. This service lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, and nursery care is available. Refreshments are served following High Mass in the Parish Hall. As you exit the front doors of the church, enter through the gate to your right, and you will see the Lanai and Parish Hall to your left.
Night Prayer & Benediction
On Sundays at 7:00 pm we gather for Night Prayer and Benediction in the church. This service, depending on the season, begins with either Evensong or Compline, ending with a time of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. The choir sings occasionally, and when the choir is not singing, this service is lead by organist and cantor. Prior to Night Prayer and Benediction, a sung mass is celebrated at 6:00 pm.
Low Masses are celebrated most days at St. Mark's depending on clergy availability. Daily low masses are said in the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel, and they typically last 25 to 30 minutes. The Sunday Low Mass is at 8:00 am, includes a homily, and is said in the main church. The language at the low masses is Rite Two from the Book of Common Prayer.
Our Patron Saints - Queen Emma and St. Mark
Our patron saints are St. Mark and Queen Emma. Queen Emma died on St. Mark's Day, April 25,and she and her husband, King Kamehameha IV, are regularly invoked in our list of saints. The feast day of the Holy Sovereigns is November 28, but it is the practice of the Diocese to celebrate this feast on the Last Sunday after Pentecost. The church is blessed with a Shrine of the Holy Sovereigns complete with kahili, as well as statues of St. Mark.
Saints Damien and Marianne of Moloka'i
The faithful light candles before an icon of Saint Damien. Father Damien de Veuster was the Roman Catholic priest who cared for the victims of Hansen's Disease in Kalaupapa, Moloka'i. We also commemorate Mother Marianne Cope, who when Father Damien died, provided the necessary leadership and care for the patients of Kalaupapa. Father Damien and Mother Marianne are the patron saints of persons with leprosy, persons with HIV/AIDS, outcasts, and the state of Hawai'i.
St. Mary the Virgin
We practice Marian Devotion. We pray the Angelus frequently, and during the Easter season, we sing the Regina coeli, and the Rosary is recited every Saturday. We also observe many of the historic Marian days, and during the month of May we have a May Festival. The church has a statue of Mary with the Christ Child, while the chapel has a statue of Our Lady.
Stations of the Cross
During Lent we walk the Stations of the Cross as a memorial of the Passion, and this is one of the more popular devotions with our current congregation.
Reconciliation of Penitents
The Sacrament of Confession is offered regularly throughout the year on Saturdays after the noon mass at 12:30 noon. Speak with the priest if you wish to make your confession. Individual appointments may also be scheduled with the clergy.
St. Mark's prays the Daily Office throughout the week. Morning Prayer is Rite Two, and Evening Prayer is Rite One.
Masses for the faithful departed are scheduled regularly throughout the year for the remembrance of those persons on the parish chantry list.