2019 National Acolyte and Fall Festival
Saturday, October 12
Come one, come all! Join us for one of the most joyful occasions of the Cathedral year as acolytes, vergers, servers, and clergy from across the United States gather for a festival Holy Eucharist with re-dedication of service and an afternoon of food and fun!
- Begin the day with a service of Holy Eucharist (10 am) and bring your processional crosses, banners, torches, thuribles, flags, and streamers for festival procession
- Stay for an afternoon full of workshops, special behind-the-scenes tours, vendors, food, and games
- Reserve your place today!
- 2019 Registration Fee: $10 per acolyte
- The required registration fee applies only to acolytes. Clergy, vergers, friends and family are welcome to attend at no charge and the service is open to the public.
For questions about registration, please call (202) 537-2228. If your group is arriving by bus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a parking reservation.
Deadline: September 26 to be included in the printed program.
Schedule & Details
The Grandest of Processions
Acolytes, servers, clergy, and vergers from across the country join in the longest and most color procession imaginable. Carry your crosses, torches, banners, thuribles, Gospel Books, and other appointments from the Great West Doors and down the center aisle of the sixth-largest Cathedral in the world! We then gather around Christ’s table in a festival Holy Eucharist.
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the Cathedral grounds: pack your own, or purchase from food trucks.
11:30 am–5:00 pm
A Festive Afternoon
Join us for a fun afternoon of workshops, tours, vendors, demonstrations, games, and music.
After the service, explore the Cathedral’s Fall Festival. The West Lawn host to a number of vendors and exhibitors. Vendors include sellers of jewelry, church goods and vestments, and more!
Learn and grow in your service through a variety workshops on the history of the vergers, the work of the thurifer, liturgical streamers and kites, and vestments.
Discover the story and beauty of the Cathedral, its sculpture, woodwork, and stained glass through offerings by the Cathedral docents.
Join the Cathedral organists as they offer a short talk about the 10,650-pipe Great Organ followed by a mini-recital.
Acolytes, vergers, and servers are all invited to compete for medals in the Acolyte Olympics — a series of competitions including the festival favorite, the Thuri-ball Races!
2018 Festival Gallery