The doors of the Cathedral are open to all. As a member of the Episcopal Church, Washington National Cathedral follows the tradition of Episcopal liturgy in the style of the Book of Common Prayer. You are welcome to participate in services as your practice or preference allows, including partaking of Communion. 

Next Live Sunday Service Webcast

January 15, 2017  •  11:15 am est

Preacher: The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith
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Is parking available?

Free parking is available during Sunday worship services in the Cathedral’s parking garage.

May visiting groups attend a worship service?

The Cathedral welcomes visiting groups to worship. Please see the group reservation page for more information.

Is childcare available during services?

Due to a staffing shortage, beginning Sunday, June 26, nursery services will be suspended. Qualified candidates are encouraged to visit


Sunday Services

The worship schedule is occasionally impacted by the liturgical calendar or special events. Please see the calendar to confirm service times on a particular day.

Regular Sunday Worship Hours

8 am – Holy Eucharist
St. Mary’s Chapel

A traditional Rite I service of spoken prayers, Scripture, a brief sermon, and Holy Communion. This short service, which contains no music, lasts around 45 minutes.

9 am – Holy Eucharist

A simple Rite II service that incorporates Scripture, prayers, a short sermon, Holy Communion, and hymns. This more contemporary service lasts about 60 minutes.


11:15 am – Holy Eucharist
Nave + Live Webcast

easterdayThe finest in high Cathedral tradition, featuring rich musical offerings from the Cathedral Choirs, prayer, Scripture, a sermon (occasionally delivered by prominent guest preachers), and Holy Communion. This service lasts about 75 minutes.


4 pm – Choral Evensong
Great Choir


A traditional service of sung evening prayer, including choir-led Psalms, an anthem, and the canticles of Mary and Simeon. This evening service also includes Scripture, a brief sermon, and hymns. This service lasts about 60 minutes.

Sunday, Dec. 25 Schedule

This year, Christmas Day falls on a Sunday.

Please note the changes from regular Sunday worship and recent Christmas Day offerings:

  • Christmas Day Festival Holy Eucharist
    11:15 am
  • Christmas Day Organ Recital
    1:30 pm

There is no afternoon Lessons and Carols Service.

Full Advent & Christmas Schedule

"An Interfaith Service of Prayer and Remembrance"

Weekday & Saturday Services

Daily, noon – Holy Communion
Bethlehem Chapel or Great Choir

A service of spoken Scripture, prayers, a brief meditation by Cathedral chaplains, and Holy Communion (includes hymns and organ music on high feast days).
Duration: about 40 minutes.

Most weekdays, 5:30 pm – Choral Evensong
Great Choir

Traditional service of sung evening prayer, including choir-led Psalms, an anthem, and the canticles of Mary and Simeon. This evening service also includes Scripture and a hymn.
Duration: about 45 minutes.

Spoken Evening Prayer is offered when Choral Evensong is not, including Saturday at 4 pm.

Daily Intercessory Prayer

Monday – Saturday 2:30 pm
Holy Spirit Chapel

Open to the public during Cathedral operating hours. Gather with us for a quiet, simple, prayer session.