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. Offerings include a series of Lenten reflections on the holy work of repair, a crash course for Episcopal seekers and inquirers, and an interfaith series on faith and justice.

But here’s the catch—we want you to commit to journeying with us from Ash Wednesday to Easter Morning! While we can’t be together physically, we hope you will commit to join us online on Wednesday nights.

Lent 2021 begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17. The five weeks of Wednesday night classes begin February 24 and end March 24. Classes meet at 7 p.m. EST on Zoom. We will join for virtual compline following class. Instructions and information will be emailed to participants prior to classes beginning.

Registration is now open. See below for class offerings and links.

Our Journey Through Lent

Ash Wednesday Online Service

February 17, 2021 • noon eastern time
Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent: a time of fasting, prayer, self-examination, and preparation for the Easter Feast. Join us live for the traditional Ash Wednesday service, including the imposition of ashes, an ancient sign of repentance and serves as a reminder of our mortality.

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Ash Wednesday Online Reconciliation

February 17, 2021
10:15–11:45 am eastern time
1:15–2:30 pm eastern time

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

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Lenten Wednesday Evenings

Wednesdays, Feb 24–March 24, 2021

Weekly Online Schedule:

6:30 pm eastern: Gather in our virtual “Bethlehem Chapel” for fellowship and check-in before class—grab your favorite beverage and join us!
7 pm: Online classes begin (details below)
8:15 pm: Online Candlelight Compline: A Service of Night Prayer

See below for class options and registration links.


2021 Class Offerings

Registration is now open!

Lenten Reflections & Candlelit Compline

“The Holy Work of Repair—To Love What is Broken”

“God created in love,” artist and theologian, Makoto Fujimura wrote, “but by that same love, Christ wept.” Sometimes it feels like we’ve made a real mess of God’s creation, and Jesus weeps over what we’ve done to ourselves and to each other.

In order to begin the healing of our relationships—as families, neighbors and a nation—we have to start by looking within and mending the broken places. Lent is a time set apart to repent, renounce and restore. We may be broken, but we don’t have to stay that way. “Traumatic destruction can lead to sublime redemption,” Fujimura reminds us. This is our journey, and our work, from Lent to Easter.

Join this class by registering for the dates you’d like to attend. Donations are welcome but not required.

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Inquirers’ Class

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 2021. Dates for the services will be announced when it is safe to gather for in-person worship. Space is limited.

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

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Faith in Action

The Call to Justice from an Interfaith Perspective

A series of five sessions will explore our biblical call to social justice and helping bring about the kingdom of God in the Hebrew Scriptures, the ministry of Jesus and New Testament. The Lenten study will connect the Holy Spirit’s message in scripture to on-going ministry of the Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal and the broader church.

Thank you to Celeste Bryant from Metropolitan AME and Martin Dickinson from Washington National Cathedral for organizing and facilitating these sessions.

Guest speakers include Rabbi Sunny Schnitzer, William H. Lamar IV, The Rev. David Ulloa Chavez, and The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers.

Join this class by registering for the dates you’d like to attend. Donations are welcome but not required.

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