Join the Cathedral Congregation and Take On rather than Give Up something for Lent.

Jesus left Peter with the mandate to “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17), so the Cathedral wants to feed your heart and mind this Lenten season. Highlights of the 2022 season: a crash course for Episcopal seekers and inquirers, LGBTQIA+ speakers who share how they reconcile their sexuality and their spirituality, and two online book studies—one on finding joy, and one on the seven last words of Jesus. Evensong and dinners also return this year for those who are able to attend! Additionally, The Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage will offer an online spiritual retreat on Sunday, March 6 at 4 pm eastern on the Book of Joy (all welcome).

But here’s the catch—we want you to commit to journeying with us from Ash Wednesday to Easter Morning! Lent 2022 begins on Ash Wednesday, March 2. The five weeks of Tuesday night classes run March 8–April 5.

In-person classes meet at 7 pm eastern and online book studies meet at 7:15 via Zoom. Full information will be emailed to participants prior to classes.

Registration is now open!

Our Journey Through Lent


Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

March 2, 2022
12 pm eastern
7 pm eastern

In-person and webcast. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent: a time of fasting, prayer, self-examination, and preparation for the Easter Feast. Join us at noon or 7 pm for the traditional Ash Wednesday service, including the imposition of ashes, an ancient sign of repentance and serves as a reminder of our mortality. Passes are not required.

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Ash Wednesday Rite of Reconciliation

March 2, 2022
10:15–11:45 am eastern
1:15–2:30 pm eastern

Prior to and after the Ash Wednesday live webcast, individuals may speak confidentially with a priest, confess their sins, and receive absolution in-person or via a private online Zoom chapel.

No registration required for in-person reconciliation.

Please register in advance for online reconciliation.

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Lenten Tuesday Evenings

Tuesdays, March 8–April 5, 2022

Weekly Schedule (all times eastern):

5:30 pm: Choral Evensong (in-person only)
6:15 pm: Dinner and libations in Bethlehem Chapel
7 pm: In-person classes begin
7:15 pm: Online classes begin

See below for class options and registration links.

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2022 Class Offerings

Registration is now open!

Inquirers’ Class

Location: Cathedral Library
Registration is limited and attendees will commit to all five sessions

Are you desiring to become a member of the Episcopal Church, more specifically the Cathedral Congregation? If so, Cathedral clergy and guest instructors will explore themes necessary for adult catechumenal preparation for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation into the Episcopal Church.

This class is reserved for those who desire to receive these sacraments by the Bishop of the Diocese of Washington or Cathedral clergy in 2022. Dates for the services will be announced by Bishop Mariann and Canon Duncan. This class will meet in person in the Cathedral Library on five consecutive Tuesdays beginning March 8–April 5. Email Vicar Dana with questions.

Join this class by registering now. Donations are welcome but not required.

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Location: Bethlehem Chapel

For too many people in the LGBTQIA+ community the church has been a place of hurt and rejection instead of a place of love and welcome. This class features a series of Congregation members and clergy who share their stories and experiences as members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Church. In sharing stories and imagining how the Church can grow more into a place where all are welcomed and embraced, we will look to find healing and hope for the future.

Guest speakers include The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Canon Rose Duncan, Kris Rose, Kevin Antonio Smallwood, and Yolanda A. Rolle. Learn more about the speakers here.

Registration has closed for this class, but walk-ins are welcome and encouraged! This class meets in Bethlehem Chapel.


Online Book Study: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

Location: Zoom
Limited registrations

Facilitated by Carla Thompson and Jayne Osgood. Learn more about the facilitators.

Join this online class by registering now. Donations are welcome but not required.

Note: group zoom participation on-site at the Cathedral may be available. Please indicate your interest on the follow-up email.

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Online Book Study: The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross, by Canon Historian Jon Meacham

Location: Zoom

Facilitated by Rev. Lisa Barrowclough, D.Min. and the Rev. Martha D. Johns Learn more about the facilitators.

Join this online class by registering now. Donations are welcome but not required.

Note: group zoom participation on-site at the Cathedral may be available. Please indicate your interest on the follow-up email.

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