Join us throughout the season for an array of featured services, programs and music.

Special services listed below. Please see calendar for full schedule of Sundays in Lent, Choral Evensong, and Weekday Noon Eucharists.

Ash Wednesday •  February 14

Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes:
•  7:30 am (Bethlehem Chapel)
•  12:00 pm (Nave)
•  7 pm (Nave)  + live webcast


Palm Sunday  •  March 25

Holy Eucharist and Liturgy of the Palms:
•  8 am (Rite II, Nave) + live webcast
•  11:15 am (Rite II, Nave)  + live webcast



Tuesday in Holy Week  •  March 27

Holy Eucharist with Renewal of Vows
and Blessing of Chrism
• 12 pm (Nave)



Maundy Thursday  •  March 29

Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing
and the Stripping of the Altar
7 pm  (High Altar) + live webcast

Vigil with the Reserved Sacrament
• 9 pm – midnight (St. John’s Chapel)



Good Friday  •  March 30

Morning Prayer in the Presence of the Reserved Sacrament
• 10 am (St. John’s Chapel)
Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday
•  12 pm (Nave) + live webcast
Good Friday Evening Service
•  7 pm  (Nave)


Holy Saturday  •  March 31

The Great Vigil of Easter
(passes not required)
8 pm (Nave)  + live webcast



Easter Sunday  •  April 1

Festive Holy Eucharist
PASSES REQUIRED at 8 and 11:15 –


•  8 am (Nave)
 11:15 am (Nave)   + live webcast

Easter Day Organ Recital
•  2 pm (Great Choir) + live webcast
Festive Choral Evensong
•  4 pm (Nave) + live webcast

Easter Day Passes

Due to capacity concerns, passes are required to attend the following services:

Easter Day Festival Holy Eucharist

Sun. April 1, 8 am:  SERVICE FULL
Sun. April 1, 11:15 am: SERVICE FULL

Lenten Meditations

Cathedral clergy offer a meditation each day during Lent. Beginning Wednesday, February 14: Read meditations

Receive a Lenten Meditation each morning, helping you to make the journey through Lent to Easter:

Holy Week 2017

Take On Lent •  February 21–March 28

Wednesday Evenings (excluding Wednesday, March 14)

Join the Cathedral Congregation this year and Take On rather than Give Up something for Lent.  There is something for everyone—worship, music, fellowship, dinner, and your choice of five class offerings.

Jesus left Peter with the mandate to “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17), so this year, the Cathedral wants to feed your heart, mind, and belly with the theology of the Episcopal Church, the Bible and book studies, self-introspection and healing shaded with the love of God.

But here’s the catch—we want you to commit to journeying with us from Ash Wednesday to Easter Morning!  Lent 2018 begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14 with the Imposition of Ashes at 7:30 a.m., noon and 7 p.m.

The five weeks of Wednesday night suppers and classes begin February 21 and end March 28 (no programs on March 14). If you can only stay for supper, that’s ok, too.

Wednesday Evening schedule:

  • 5:30 pm:  Evensong in Great Choir
  • 6:15 pm:  Gather for glass of wine or sparkling beverage
  • 6:30 pm:  Supper (suggested donation)
  • 7:15 pm:  Classes begin
  • 8:30 pm:  Evening Ends

Class Offerings

Inquirers’ Class

Canon Vicar Corsello and her clergy colleagues will explore themes necessary for preparation for Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception into the Episcopal Church. All seekers welcome!  The class will culminate at the Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m.

Presiding Bishop’s Good Book Club: Luke–Acts

The Rev. Harvey Bale will lead a study of the Gospel of Luke so that the Cathedral can join Episcopalians around the world in an effort to grow their faith and spiritual vitality together.  If there is interest, we hope to continue the study of Acts during Eastertide.

Being Gay and Christian in 2018

Given all the progress we’ve made regarding LGBTQ people and rights, why is it still so hard to reconcile being gay and Christian?  Why do I continue to fail to experience not only the Church’s acceptance, but celebration of my sexuality? How do I live my life in God’s arms anyway?

The Right Reverend Gene Robinson (retired Bishop of New Hampshire and first openly-gay bishop in historic Christianity) will convene a discussion group on issues related to being in the church (by birth or by choice) as an LGBTQ person. Augmented by occasional readings, the group will explore how to find and nourish a healthy relationship with God, while dealing with a still-less-than-welcoming church and society.  This opportunity for discussion and learning will provide a safer space to ask the question, “How do I find healing and hope as an LGBTQ Christian?”

Dr. Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness: Small Group Study

Using Braving the Wilderness as a guide, Nancy Stockbridge will gather with others moved by Dr. Brown’s recent Cathedral guest sermon and forum for a discussion and deeper dive into our quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone.

Ghostbusting Family Dynamics

Gabe Kajeckas will teach using a family mapping tool (called a “genogram”) to explore how dysfunctional patterns—as well as strengths—can arise in families over several generations, and result in often-hidden emotional impacts.  The first session will focus on ‘maps’ of several well-known families and give participants the tools to do their own family mapping. The following two sessions will discuss the patterns that participants discovered, and strategize about ways of defusing toxic influences in our present lives. The fourth session will explore addictions in families and how to deal with them, and the final session in Holy Week will be a prayerful meditation on the Cathedral’s magnificent Creation window, and its meaning for our time.

Please sign up before Tuesday, Feb. 20.

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George Frideric Handel’s Israel In Egypt  •  March 25

Sunday, March 25 – 4 pm

As the Christian church enters its Holy Week devotions, the Cathedral Choir performs Handel’s masterwork, which tells of the journey of the Israelites out of Egypt to the promised land following 400 years in captivity. Handel’s use of choral and orchestral color and texture to paint vivid images of this epic story seem the composer at his peak of creative genius. There is no better way to experience this masterwork than on Palm Sunday in Washington National Cathedral, performed stylistically as Handel would have heard it.

Tickets:  $25 – $95, Student tickets available

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Join us for Take On Lent. Register below before February 20 to choose your class and RSVP for dinner(s).

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Questions? Please email Canon Vicar Dana Corsello.