Special Service

Election Day Prayer Vigil

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | 7:00am

As America votes in a contentious election, the Cathedral will open its doors for a 14-hour vigil of prayer and reflection.

This is the first time the Cathedral will be open to the public since the COVID-19 pandemic closed the doors in March.

Throughout the day, clergy will lead continuous prayers, and we invite you to join us for a brief moment of peace and time in the presence of God.


  • Attendance will be limited in accordance with District of Columbia public health guidelines; the Cathedral will be able to welcome no more than 100 people at any one time.
  • Reservations are not required; admission will be allowed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Public health measures and social distancing will be followed, and we ask you to observe the guidance of the Cathedral staff.
  • Properly worn face masks are required for all guests over the age of 6.
  • Worshippers will be asked to provide contact information in the event it is needed for potential contact tracing.
  • No clothing, signs or other items that support or oppose specific candidates will be allowed inside the Cathedral.
  • In order to accommodate as many visitors as possible, we ask that you stay for as long as you want but no longer than you need.
  • The Cathedral will not be available for tourism, sightseeing or photography.
  • Chaplains and clergy will be available both inside and outside the building.
  • The only area of the Cathedral open to visitors will be the nave (main) level. The Cathedral gift shop and Open City Cafe remain closed.
  • Complimentary parking will be available in the Cathedral garage.
  • The vigil will be webcast throughout the day.


  • Admission
    • Free
  • Location
  • Dates Offered
    • November 3, 2020 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Main Level St. Mary's Chapel Great Choir War Memorial Chapel Nave Click to Enlarge
Lower Level Bethlehem Chapel St. Joseph
of Arimathea Chapel
Resurrection Chapel Center for Prayer & Pilgrimage Click to Enlarge
Grounds North Lawn Virginia Mae Center Cathedral Entrance Walker Court Bishop's Garden Amphitheater Cathedral Library Click to Enlarge