As a House of Prayer for All People, we want to ensure that all people have a voice and a vote in the 2020 elections. We all get to decide what kind of country we want to be, and as we each make these decisions, we will wrap our votes in prayer.

Whoever you vote for, and whoever wins or loses in November, we will provide you tools to register to vote, help to cast your ballot, and offer opportunities for prayerful reflection.

“O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

— Book of Common Prayer

Even though the 2020 elections are over, many Americans remain anxious as our Constitutional process nears its end. The Cathedral honors and cherishes the peaceful transition of power, and stands against violence in all forms.

As lawmakers convene to tally and certify the votes, we seek comfort and strength in the daily rhythm of prayer. We invite you to join with us throughout the day as we seek the surety of God’s presence among us.

You are invited to join the Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage for a brief service of nighttime prayer on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 8:30 p.m. ET, via the Center’s Facebook page. You can download the service leaflet here.

Bishop Budde and Dean Hollerith on Election Violence

After violent protestors overtook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020, Dean Randy Hollerith and Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde spoke from the Cathedral, calling on President Trump to end the mob violence.

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Inaugural Resources

Office of Government Relations

As we prepare for Inauguration Day, The Episcopal Church looks forward to working with the new administration and the 117th Congress to address the challenges our nation, and the world, face. This change in government takes place at a time of potential political violence and a devastating pandemic. The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations offers resources to help navigate the week of the inauguration.

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Prayers for Our Nation: Each Day at 5 pm

In the two weeks leading up to the presidential inauguration, the Cathedral will offer brief online prayers for our nation, together with our interfaith and ecumenical colleagues, each day at 5 p.m. We invite you to spend five minutes in prayers for safety, solace and national unity.

Today’s prayer is led by the Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal bishop of Washington. Our guest will be Bill Aiken of Soka Gakkai International-USA.

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January 6 Prayers for Our Nation

Pray with the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of the Cathedral.

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Pray with the Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, provost of the Cathedral.

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Election Week Opportunities

Election Day Prayer Presence

As Election Day draws near, national anxiety is understandably rising, given all that we’ve been through this year and the issues before us as a people.

One antidote to anxiety is prayer. Bishop Mariann Budde is inviting congregations to take part in an EDOW effort to be a prayerful presence at polling stations within our diocesan bounds on Tuesday, November 3.

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A National Service for Hope and Wholeness

Sunday, November 1 • 4 pm eastern
Online Service

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry leads this National Service for Healing and Wholeness. In the midst of pandemic, racial reckoning and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope and a call to love God and neighbor. View full details and participants >>

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Election Day Prayer Vigil

Tuesday, November 3 • 7 am eastern
Webcast available

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. Limited capacity and restrictions for attendees apply.

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. The vigil will be webcast throughout the day.

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Post-Election Online Prayer Service

Wednesday, November 4 • 12 pm eastern
Online Service

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde and Dean Randy Hollerith will lead an online-only midday service of prayers for the nation in the wake of the election.

As ballots are counted and winners and losers determined, we will pray for a renewed sense of national unity, calm and perseverance for the challenges that lie ahead.

This service will be webcast, and due to COVID-19 restrictions, members of the public will not be allowed access to the Cathedral.

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Post-Election Private Prayers

Wednesday, November 4 • 1–5 pm eastern

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 for private prayer and reflection from 1–5 pm. following the online-only noon service. Limited capacity and restrictions for attendees apply.


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