Oh come, let us adore him! Join us throughout the season for an array of special services, concerts and events.

 

december 1–3 

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G. F. Handel’s Messiah

Fri., Dec. 1 | 7:30 pm
Sat., Dec. 2  and  Sun., Dec. 3 |
4 pm

Experience Handel’s Messiah in the unique setting of Washington National Cathedral. This unveiling of the story of Christianity is portrayed by Handel in the most sublime yet dramatic way. Through the use of a period orchestra and performed with stylistic authenticity, the Cathedral Choir and resident Baroque orchestra is joined by a world class team of soloists.

Admission: $25 – $95; Student tickets: $15
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december 10 

xmaspage16_service5Advent Lessons & Carols

Sunday, Dec. 10 | 4 pm

As we continue our spiritual preparation for the birth of Jesus at Christmas, join us for this traditional service sung by the Cathedral Choirs. Readings from scripture, seasonal hymns, and choral anthems proclaim God’s love, continued presence, and the promised coming of the Messiah. All are welcome.

 

december 16

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Bethlehem Simulcast Service

Saturday, Dec. 16 | 9:30 am 

Join the congregations of Washington National Cathedral and the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine, for this annual live simulcast worship service (9:30 am in Washington, 4:30 pm in Bethlehem). Prayers, readings, and hymns in both Arabic and English alternate between Washington, DC and Bethlehem bring those of different lands, languages, and ethnic backgrounds in celebration of the birth of Jesus. All are welcome.

 

december 22

Go Tell It on the Mountain: A Gospel Christmas

Friday, Dec. 22 | 7 pm

Celebrate the joyful Christmas story through Scripture and song, led by the Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choir and the Cathedral Band.

Jazz, blues and gospel set the mood for this service as we tell it from the mountain that Jesus Christ is born. Passes not required; all are welcome!

december 23

Children’s Christmas Service

Saturday, Dec. 23 | 11 am

Come one, come all for this joyful and lively service with Christmas carols, prayers, and the Nativity story—including live animals! Children are invited to come dressed as angels, animals and shepherds to be part of the story as it unfolds for this unrehearsed Christmas pageant.


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Christmas Lessons & Carols

Saturday, Dec. 23 | 6 pm

Passes Required
[SERVICE FULL]

Like the angels who heralded glad tidings to the shepherds, we proclaim Christmas in word and song. Through a series of readings from Holy Scripture, congregational hymns, choral anthems, and instrumental music, we move from Creation to the manger.

december 24

Please note: The Holy Eucharist observing the final Sunday of Advent at 10 am is the only morning service of the day. Passes are NOT required for Sunday morning’s Advent service. Passes ARE required for Sunday evening’s Christmas services. 

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Christmas Lessons & Carols

Sunday, Dec. 24 | 6 pm

Passes Required
[SERVICE FULL]

Like the angels who heralded glad tidings to the shepherds, we proclaim Christmas in word and song. Through a series of readings from Holy Scripture, congregational hymns, choral anthems, and instrumental music, we move from Creation to the manger.


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Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

Sunday, Dec. 24 | 10 pm

Passes Required
[SERVICE FULL]

Join us for one of the most beautiful services of the year, the Holy Eucharist of Christmas Eve. Readings from scripture, favorite congregational hymns, and seasonal choral and instrumental music all herald the birth of Jesus. This service includes Holy Communion. Incense will be used.

december 25

xmaspage16_service4Christmas Day Holy Eucharist

Monday, Dec. 25 | 11:15 am

Passes NOT required. All are welcome for the Holy Eucharist of Christmas Day. Readings from scripture, favorite congregational hymns, and seasonal choral and instrumental music all proclaim the birth of the Christ Child. This service includes Holy Communion. Incense will be used.


xmaspage16_recitalChristmas Day Organ Recital

Monday, Dec. 25 | 1:30 pm

Cathedral organists, The Rev. Benjamin Pearce Straley and George Fergus, play a Christmas afternoon recital of traditional and familiar holiday favorites on the Cathedral’s great organ. $10 recommended donation.

Christmas Passes

Passes are required to attend the following services:

Christmas Lessons & Carols

Dec. 23, 6 pm [SERVICE FULL]
Dec. 24, 6 pm [SERVICE FULL]

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

Dec. 24, 10 pm  [SERVICE FULL]

All advance passes for 2017 have been reserved.

Advent Meditations

Members of the Cathedral Congregation, Cathedral clergy, and staff offer a meditation each day during Advent. Meditations begin on Sunday, December 3.

Read 2017 Meditations

Advent & Christmas Season Gallery

crèche exhibit

Opens in late November
South Crypt Aisle
(Lower Level)

The Cathedral’s annual crèche exhibit features about 80 nativity scenes depicting the story of Jesus’ birth as interpreted by cultures and customs around the world, selected for display from the collection of over 800.

Donated by a former docent, the Cathedral’s collection includes miniatures, rare materials, and unusual depictions, as well as typical examples that might be found in one’s home.

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Shop Christmas cards and other seasonal gifts at the Cathedral Store.

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