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Advent and Christmas

Sunday Mornings in Advent

We invite you to join us this Advent and Christmas season. There are many offerings to choose from starting with Wreath Making, November 27th. Gather with us each Sunday in Advent at 9:00 am for an intergenerational celebration followed by a 10:00 am worship service.

9:00 am Gatherings

November 27 - Wreath Making
December 4 - Las Posadas with Mariachis
December 11 - Living Nativity
December 18 - Greening of the Church

Music Offerings

Christmas Pops on December 11, 4:00 pm

The Christmas Pops concert is a highlight of the Advent season for the whole family, featuring many of San Antonio’s finest brass and percussion performers and Jon Johnson, organist. Highlights include Sleigh Ride, a congregation sing-a-long, and a special appearance by St. Mark’s own Rev. Beth Knowlton as narrator in ’Twas the night before Christmas!

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on December 18, 4:00 pm

Join St. Mark’s and the combined St. Mark’s choirs in the enduring and beloved Anglican tradition of King’s College Cambridge shared by millions around the world since 1918 — readings, carols, hymns, and anthems telling of the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus.

Quieter Gatherings

Advent Quiet Evening on November 30, 6:30 pm

During this holy season of watching and waiting, come away for a few hours of retreat to pray and prepare for the coming of our Lord.

A Light in the Darkness, December 14, 5:30 pm

Holiday rituals can be comforting, celebratory reminders of the hope and joy God gives us in our lives, but grief may also arise this time of year – particularly when we have experienced loss. This quiet liturgy in our beautifully restored chapel is meant for those who long for the solace and hope of the Lord without the pressure to be merry. Join us for this simple service as we recall how the light of Christ shines in the darkness. 

Christmas Eve Flowers

Consider making a contribution to the Altar Flowers Fund for Christmas flowers in memory of, in honor of, and in thanksgiving for family and friends. Deadline for forms with donation is Wednesday, December 7. Direct questions to Amanda Talaat at 210-744-8245 or

Christmas Eve Flower Form

Advent Events

Women of St. Mark's Luncheon
December 13 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Come enjoy fellowship and conversation with other St. Mark’s women at this annual come-and-go holiday gathering. New members and visitors are most welcome! RSVP Deadline | December 9th.


River Barge Caroling
December 2 | 6:00 - 8:30 pm

The Barges are full, but we want you to join us for Dinner and as a wandering minstrel along the Riverwalk! Dinner is at 5:30 and we’ll leave for the Riverwalk around 6:30. 


Christmas to the Street
December 9 and 10

Over 100 youth and adults prepare, cook, and serve over 1,500 meals to our neighbors at St. Mark’s and Haven for Hope. There is a job for everyone, and a time of day that will be just right for you!

Adult Sign Up Youth Sign Up

Mind the Gap Christmas Party
December 16 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm

This year at the Wise Household, join the family-friendly festivities, especially for parents of young children. Let's celebrate the Christmas season with each other! RSVP below with your names and number of attendees in the email.

Crockett Holiday Gift Drive

Our annual holiday gift drive for Crockett Academy students is here! Our goal is to provide gifts for children at the “Holiday Happiness Party” at Crockett on December 16. With the help of some holiday elves, we know of several wishes for each child on the list. Shop for a particular child, then wrap and deliver gifts to St. Mark’s by Sunday, December 11. We’re also looking for volunteers to help deliver gifts to Crockett on December 14, and to come to the on-campus party on December 16 to help hand out snacks and gifts, and spread some holiday cheer. Sign up online. Please email Ann Fraser with any questions.


Christmas Eve Services

3:45 pm Prelude | 4:00 pm Holy Eucharist

Holy Eucharist and Children’s Choirs (Nursery and Children's Chapel available)

7:45 pm Brass Prelude | 8:00 pm Holy Eucharist

With Brass and St. Mark’s Choir (Nursery and Children's Chapel available)

10:00 pm Choral Prelude | 10:30 pm Holy Eucharist

With Brass, St. Mark’s Choir, and Incense

Christmas Day Service

10:00 am Holy Eucharist | Rite II with Christmas Hymns