We Anglicans are not given to writing great theology. There are notable exceptions, but they are difficult to remember; but when Anglicanism is at its best its liturgy, its poetry, its music and its life can create a world in which it is easy to fall in love with God” (Urban T. Holmes).
“Every genuine art form in its own way is a path to the inmost reality of man and of the world. It is therefore a wholly valid approach to the realm of faith, which gives human experience its ultimate meaning” (Pope John-Paul II, Letter to the artists, 1999).
A dialogue between Christian theology and the Arts is a conversation that enriches both partners. The contribution of the artist (painter, sculptor, musician, dancer, architect and poet) to the faith community enriches our understanding of Christian theology and the creative labors of the artist help the believer to hear, see and speak the language of faith. Encouraging the work of the artists within our community feeds our soul and exercises our mind thereby enriching the community.
St. Mark’s is a place where the Arts are actively encouraged and a community where we are engaged in a lifelong learning experience. St. Mark’s is blessed with incredible musical resources which include the following:
1. Gabriel Kney Mechanical Action Chamber Organ (11 stops)
2. The New Gabriel Kney Organ 2014
3. Yamaha (C7 Grand) Piano
4. Sabathil & Son Harpsichord (French; Double manual)
Additionally, St. Mark’s houses a Technics (2X- PX554) electric rehearsal piano and a restored pump organ (Estey, 1891).