Journey to Easter—in person or online.

You’re invited to join the Cathedral as we make our way from Ash Wednesday through Holy Week to the celebration of Christ’s glorious Resurrection on Easter. 

See below for our schedule of services, musical offerings and meditations for the season. Surrounded by community and nourished by prayer, we will journey together to Easter.

Easter Sunday Holy Eucharist Passes

Due to capacity concerns, the two services of Holy Eucharist on Easter Sunday (8 and 11:15 am) require reserved passes. (No other services during Lent require reserved passes.) We’re excited to welcome you to Easter at the Cathedral, and we want to make our services accessible to everyone. All worship services at the Cathedral are free. We welcome your support if you would like to help us cover the costs of managing passes and entry. The suggested $7 processing fee is optional.

The 11:15 service is now at capacity. Get passes for the 8:00 service below:

 

Blue spring flowers on the Cathedral grounds

Daily Lenten Meditations

food for the journey
Cathedral clergy offer a written and video meditation each day in Lent. The path from ashes to Alleluia is one that we walk together, in community. Read daily meditations and subscribe now.
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Lent and Easter Services and Concerts

Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist

Sun Mar. 24 • 8 am Sun Mar. 24 • 11:15 am Holy Week begins as we make the journey from Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem to his utter rejection and crucifixion. The 8 and 11:15 am services are identical. Featured musicians: Cathedral Choir and Contemporary Ensemble. Livestream available for 11:15 only.

Concert: J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion

Sun Mar. 24 • 4 pm On Palm Sunday, join the Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra for St. Matthew Passion, among the greatest masterpieces of the sacred concert canon. Available in-person or pay-what-you-wish livestream.

Holy Eucharist with Vows Renewal and Chrism Blessing

Tue Mar. 26 • 12 pm Join the Episcopal Diocese of Washington as clergy reaffirm their vows and consecrate sacramental oil. All are welcome to attend this service of Holy Eucharist. Featured musicians: Contemporary Ensemble. Livestream available.

Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist

Thu Mar. 28 • 7 pm In the Solemn Liturgy of Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus’ Last Supper and his charge to love one another through the washing of feet. We end the service by stripping the altar and begin the vigil with the Reserved Sacrament until midnight. Featured musicians: Cathedral Choir. Incense is used at this service. Livestream available.

Watch with the Reserved Sacrament

Thu Mar. 28 • 9 pm This silent prayer vigil is held before the Reserved Sacrament, recalling the disciples waiting with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Livestream available.
Close-up of the reredos in the Cathedral's War Memorial Chapel

Morning Prayer in the Presence of the Reserved Sacrament

Fri Mar. 29 • 10 am Note: this service is in-person only. The vigil with the Reserved Sacrament formally ends with a service of Morning Prayer for Good Friday held in War Memorial Chapel.

Good Friday: Rite of Reconciliation

Fri Mar. 29 • 10:15 am Fri Mar. 29 • 4 pm Individuals may speak confidentially with a priest, confess their sins and receive absolution in-person or via private online Zoom chapel. Note, there are two windows for both in-person and online reconciliation. See below for more information.

Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

Fri Mar. 29 • 12 pm Join the Cathedral community as we remember Christ’s suffering, crucifixion and death on Good Friday with a service of Scripture, music and ancient prayer. Featured musicians: Cathedral Choir. Livestream available.

Good Friday Evening Service

Fri Mar. 29 • 7 pm Through readings and music from across centuries and traditions, this service provides a quiet, contemplative space to reflect on the death and burial of Jesus. Featured musicians: Contemporary Ensemble. Livestream available.

The Great Vigil of Easter

Sat Mar. 30 • 8 pm Journey from darkness to light, from death to life, as we bear witness to the Paschal Mystery through powerful music, the retelling of the salvation story and welcoming new believers in Baptism. Incense is used at this service. All are welcome to bring bells. Featured musicians: Cathedral Choir, Contemporary Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble. Livestream available.

Easter Day: The Festival Holy Eucharist

Sun Mar. 31 • 8 am Sun Mar. 31 • 11:15 am Hallelujah! Christ is risen! We will gather around Christ’s table, and join together in music and prayer, to proclaim Jesus’ victory over death and the Good News of the Resurrection. Featured musicians: Cathedral Choir, Contemporary Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble. Both services are identical. Due to capacity concerns, reserved passes are required to attend in-person. The 11:15 service is at capacity. Livestream available for 11:15 only.

Easter Sunday Organ Recital

Sun Mar. 31 • 2 pm Cathedral organist Thomas Sheehan celebrates the joy of Easter with a selection of uplifting music to celebrate the Resurrection. Tickets are not required. Livestream available.

Easter Day Choral Evensong

Sun Mar. 31 • 4 pm Our Easter Day celebrations end with Choral Evensong, a traditional Anglican service of sung evening prayer that features Holy Scripture, Psalms, hymns and anthems led by the Cathedral Choir. Passes are not required. Livestream available.
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Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist

in case you missed it
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent: a time of fasting, prayer, self-examination and preparation for the Easter Feast. Catch up on this service of Holy Eucharist that includes the imposition of ashes, an ancient sign of repentance that serves as a reminder of our mortality. watch now
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Honor a Loved One this Special Season

memorial & honor gifts
All memorial gifts are recorded in the Cathedral Book of Remembrance: more than 100 volumes of names in a living history of faithfulness and hope for the future. Join this unique legacy by making a gift in support of our ongoing mission and ministry, or a special gift toward the greens and flowers that decorate the Cathedral to match the glory of the season. donate today