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 9:15 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 2 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. This service lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, and childcare 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.
Sunday Sung Mass
The Sunday Sung Mass at 11:15 am is a less crowded service than the 9:15 am mass. The readings and sermon are the same as the high mass, music is offered by the parish organist, the Eucharistic Prayer is sung, and incense is offered. This service contrasts to the other two morning masses, in that the Celebrant faces east for the celebration. The language is Rite 2 from the Book of Common Prayer, and this service lasts a little less than one hour. Many find this late morning service to be full of mystery and meaning, and many 11:15 am worshippers come early to the High Mass aloha hour for fellowship prior to the 11:15 am Sung Mass.
Evensong & Benediction
Throughout the year on Sundays at 5:00 pm we celebrate Evensong and Benediction. Evensong is the sung form of Evening Prayer, and Benediction is a time of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. This service of chants, readings, prayers, and canticles is a hallmark of Anglican spirituality. The choir sings occasionally, and when the choir is not singing, this service is lead by the organist and a cantor or small schola. The language is Rite 1 from the Book of Common Prayer.
Sunday Morning Prayer & Early Said Mass
Sunday mornings begin with the reading of Morning Prayer at the High Altar at 7:00 am. This brief office serves as a prelude to the first Sunday Mass in the church at 7:30 am. This mass is said and includes a sermon, and the language is Rite 2 from the Book of Common Prayer. Coffee and tea are served after the service 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.
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 regularly. We also observe many of the historic Marian days, and during the month of May we have a May Crowning. 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.
The Sacrament of Confession is offered regularly throughout the year. Speak with the priest if you wish to make your confession, as individual appointments may be scheduled with the clergy. Learn more about Sacramental Confessions.
St. Mark's prays the Daily Office every day of the week. Morning Prayer is Rite 2, and Evening Prayer is Rite 1. View the full schedule of daily offices and masses.