Washington National Cathedral is delighted to welcome back acolytes from across the country to celebrate this vital ministry of service and faith.

The festival is a time-honored tradition for many congregations, and we are eager for your return this fall as we also welcome those making their first pilgrimage to the Cathedral.

Registration is Now Open

Registration Fee: $10 per acolyte (youth and adult)

Please note:

  • There is no registration fee for processing clergy or vergers, or family and friends attending the service.
  • The registration deadline to be included in printed program is September 8, 2023.
  • Parking reservations are required if your group is coming by bus, and there is a $50 fee for bus parking. Please contact [email protected] for parking procedure and payment information.

A Celebration of Service

The day begins with acolytes, servers, clergy and vergers joining in the longest and most colorful procession imaginable—the Grandest of Processions—as we prepare to gather around Christ’s table for a festival Holy Eucharist.

Following the service, participants are invited to spend the afternoon exploring the Cathedral and joining a variety of workshops. Perfect your thurible techniques, create a liturgical streamer, take a look at Cathedral treasures, and hear from Cathedral clergy about their own years of acolyte service.

Lunch will be available for purchase or you are welcome to bring your own.