Let’s ‘Take On’ Lent in 2020!

Join the Cathedral Congregation and Take On rather than Give Up something for Lent. There is something for everyone—retreat, worship, music, fellowship, dinner, and four class offerings.

Jesus left Peter with the mandate to “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17), so the Cathedral wants to feed your heart, mind, and bellies this Lenten season. Class options explore different theologies (from Jim Cone to Mister Rogers) to help navigate these troubling times, a  crash course for Episcopal seekers and inquirers, and a place for those struggling to reconcile their sexuality with their Christianity to learn about the unconditional love of God.

But here’s the catch—we want you to commit to journeying with us from Ash Wednesday to Easter Morning!

Lent 2020 begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26. We also invite you to “Leap into Lent” with our Saturday Lenten Retreat on February 29 (9 am–5 pm). The five weeks of Wednesday night dinners and classes begin March 4 and end April 1—and if you can only stay for dinner, that’s ok, too.

Registration is now open. We hope you join our Lenten journey!


Our Journey Through Lent

■ Ash Wednesday (February 26)

The Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes will be offered three times: 7:30 am (Bethlehem Chapel), noon (nave), and 7 pm (nave). The evening service will also be webcast live.

■ Lenten Retreat (Saturday, February 29, 9am–5pm)

Guest spiritual director Nancy Bieber will lead participants through the retreat, exploring what it means to be more attentive to the constant reality of God’s presence throughout daily life. How can we live so our experience of the Sacred is deepened throughout all our days—especially during Lent?

Location: Cathedral Library

■ Lenten Wednesday Evenings (March 4–April 1)

Choose from four offerings. Class details below. Each Wednesday night schedule includes:

  • 5:30 pm: Evensong in Great Choir
  • 6:10 pm: Gather in Bethlehem Chapel for glass of wine or sparkling beverage
  • 6:20 pm: Catered dinner ($13 suggested donation)
  • 7–8 pm: Classes
  • 8:15: Candlelight Compline: A Service of Night Prayer  (held only on March 11, 18 [Great Choir], and 25 [Resurrection Chapel])

Class Offerings

An Episcopal Inquiry (Inquirers’ Class)

Cathedral Clergy and guest instructors will explore themes necessary for preparation for Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception into the Episcopal Church. All seekers and those wanting to learn about the Episcopal Church welcome! The class includes a wrap-up session on Saturday, April 4 from 9 am–12 pm, and will culminate at the Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 11 at 8 pm.  Download the Inquirers’ Class schedule. Location: Cathedral Library. 

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Reconciling Your LGBT and Christian Identities

This course invites participants to hear the stories of how Cathedral clergy, other priests in the Diocese of Washington, and an evangelical Christian congregation member made peace with God and their sexuality. Location: Resurrection Chapel.

For Such a Time as This: Theology for Troubled Times

Feeling adrift, angry or helpless? Theology (loving God with one’s mind) may help you as a civic-minded Christian survive and thrive in the current political and social climate. Esteemed theologians from Episcopal Divinity School at Union (NYC), Virginia Theological Seminary, Howard University, and Georgetown University offer hope and solace through the lens of God in Christ. Location: Bethlehem Chapel.

Finding Fred Podcast: How to Get By

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was not a simple show. And Fred Rogers was not a simple man. He was radical. Spiritual. Revolutionary. Maybe even subversive. Carvell Wallace hosts Finding Fred, a 10-part podcast about the life, thinking and theology of Mister Rogers. What does this cardigan-wearing contemporary saint tell us about how to get by in today’s world?  Each class will reflect on two podcasts per session. You listen on your own time, then come and reflect with friends! Special thanks to the Rev. Michele Morgan for this podcast. 

Registration is Now Open

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Take on Lent with us!

For any questions about the program, please email Canon Vicar Dana Corsello.