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.


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