Special Service

Post-Election Prayer Vigil

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 1:00pm

As America awaits the election results, the Cathedral will lead the nation in prayer and contemplation in a four-hour vigil on the day after Election Day.

The Cathedral will be open from 1 to 5 pm for private prayer and reflection.


  • Attendance for the afternoon vigil 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 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.
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