Washington National Cathedral A House of Prayer For All People

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A Service Honoring Matthew Shepard

Nov 30 at 6:00pm Great Choir

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Christmas Passes Now Available!

joy to the world
Due to capacity concerns, some of our more popular Christmas services require in-person passes - reserve yours now! You can also browse the full schedule of in-person and online services, concerts, and exhibits. learn more and get passes
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Discover the Cathedral

From worship to majestic architecture to soul-stirring music to thought-provoking public programs, these highlights showcase the best the Cathedral has to offer. Want to come tour the Cathedral in person? See all of our sightseeing and touring options by planning your visit below.
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Advent Lessons & Carols

seasonal service
Join us in-person or online for this popular seasonal service where we prepare for the birth of Jesus. Readings from Holy Scripture, hymns, and seasonal choral music proclaim the coming of the Promised One. Passes are not required. Livestream also available. Advent Lessons & Carols

The Now and Forever Windows are here!

in case you missed it
The Cathedral’s Now and Forever Windows capture the resilience, faith and endurance of African Americans and our nation’s struggle with the original sins of racism and slavery. Through this new addition to the Cathedral, we hope to tell a broader, more inclusive story of American history. In this House of Prayer for All People, we want to tell the stories of ALL people. Watch the dedication service, browse photos, view the behind-the-scenes documentary, share your thoughts on the new windows and more. learn more

Journeys in Light, Color and Stone: The West Façade

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Unlike the tradition of European cathedrals, Washington National Cathedral's West Façade features the theme of Creation, inviting visitors on a journey of spiritual rebirth. Explore