Frequently Asked Questions


Is the Cathedral open for worship?

The Cathedral is opened for Holy Eucharist on Sundays at 11:15 a.m. and Sunday Choral Evensong at 4 p.m. Doors open at 10:15 a.m. for Sunday worship.

We also offer weekday Evensong most Monday—Thursdays at 4 p.m. Please check our calendar for the most up-to-date service times.

We also invite you to join us for daily prayer services and Sunday Eucharist online via cathedral.org. You can also find all services on our worship page.

All services are available on our YouTube channel.

Are face masks still required?

As of March 14, 2022, face masks are no longer required when visiting the Cathedral or attending worship. Individuals are, of course, still welcome to wear a mask if they choose.

Whatever decision you make about face masks, please respect the decisions that other people make. Whether a person chooses to wear a mask, or not, is entirely up to them. Whatever decision each person makes, and whenever they choose to make it, is entirely their own and should be respected. 

Are reservations required for worship?

Reservations are not required for Sunday worship (except for groups of 20 or more) The Cathedral is a big space and we are able to welcome everyone. If you’d prefer to sit in a section that allows more room for social distancing, please see an usher for assistance. To request a group of 20 or more to attend a service, please visit the reservation request page.

Are the Cathedral gardens and grounds open to visit?

Yes, the gardens and grounds are open from dawn to dusk every day. We hope you enjoy time spent in the beauty of God’s creation!

We ask that you remember three things: 1) Dispose of any trash. 2) Leash your dogs and pets.

If you are interested in hosting a photo shoot or a group gathering of any kind on the Cathedral grounds, please contact [email protected].

Is the Cathedral open for visitors?

Yes! The Cathedral is currently open for sightseeing.

Please note that our visiting hours have changed – check the Cathedral calendar for availability. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Groups of 20 or more are required to make a reservation.

Is the Cathedral hosting weddings and funerals?

Yes, the Cathedral is open for weddings and funerals. To inquire about a wedding ceremony or memorial service, please contact [email protected].

What safety and health measures is the Cathedral taking?

In addition to regular, thorough cleanings, the Cathedral is frequently wiping down furniture and other commonly touched surfaces (such as door handles) using CDC-approved disinfectants.  Our  HVAC system has upgraded air filters.

Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers will be available to guests throughout the Cathedral.  Brochures and service bulletins will be made available on mobile devices whenever possible.

All Cathedral staff and volunteers are vaccinated against COVID-19, per Cathedral policy.

Is the Cathedral open or available for private events?

Yes! The best way to learn more about hosting a small event at the Cathedral (either indoors or outdoors) is to email [email protected]

For now, all events in the Cathedral require face masks and other public health measures recommended by the D.C. government. 

If I can't come in person, are there ways to tour the Cathedral virtually?

Yes! We welcome you to browse some of our popular spots on the interior and exterior and check out themed galleries that explore Cathedral art and architecture on everything from music to animals to civil rights.

My kids would love to visit. What's available for kids?

We can’t wait to welcome your kids back to the Cathedral. In the meantime, you can download coloring pages of Cathedral artwork and gargoyles.

Is the Cathedral gift shop open?

The gift shop remains closed for now.

Is the Cathedral Café open?

Yes. Please visit Open City at the National Cathedral’s website for hours and other information.