Whoever you are, and wherever you are—you are welcome to worship with us at the Cathedral or online via webcast. Sunday worship is free and open to the public. Learn more about the types of services below.

December 23, 2018 • 11:15 am est

Preacher: The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope
Service Leaflet

frequently asked questions

Are services open to the public?

Yes! All are welcome.

May visiting groups attend a worship service?

The Cathedral welcomes visiting groups to worship. Please see the group reservation page for more information.

What are the differences in the services? Which should I attend?

Please see the service descriptions further down this page.

Is parking available?

Free parking is available during Sunday worship services in the Cathedral’s parking garage.

Is childcare available during services? What about Sunday School?

Worshiping families are welcome to drop off their children (infants to 5-years-old) at the Cathedral Nursery between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The nursery is located across from the North Tower elevator, down the stairs on the lower level. 

The Cathedral is collaborating with St. Alban’s Episcopal Church to offer Sunday School beginning at 10:10 a.m. at St. Alban’s. Children PreK-grade 6 will participate in age appropriate Godly Play. Youth grades 7-12 will be on their Journey to Adulthood. Contact Vicar Dana Corsello with questions. 

Regular Sunday Worship Services

NOTE: The worship schedule is occasionally impacted by the liturgical calendar or special events. Please see the calendar to confirm service times on a particular day.

8:00 am Holy Eucharist
Location: St. Mary’s Chapel

This service of Holy Communion is quiet, intimate and reflective, without music and using traditional liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer. The service lasts approximately 45 minutes.

9:00 am Holy Eucharist
Location: Great Choir

This vibrant, contemporary setting of Communion features the Cathedral Band and is a worship experience for all ages. Offering the feel of parish worship, the service lasts about an hour. Prayers for healing are offered at the conclusion of the service.

The 11:15 service at Washington National Cathedral

11:15 am Holy Eucharist
Location: Nave + Live Webcast

Our largest Sunday service, this elegant and formal liturgy offers the finest in the Cathedral worship tradition. It features rich offerings from the Cathedral Choirs, congregational hymns, readings from Scripture, Holy Communion, and a sermon—occasionally delivered by prominent guests. The service lasts approximately 75 minutes. Prayers for healing prayers are offered during Communion and at the conclusion of the service.  

Choral Evensong at Washington National Cathedral

4 pm Choral Evensong
Location: Great Choir

One of the treasures of the Anglican tradition, Evensong is a service of sung evening prayer. It is the only Cathedral service led almost entirely by the choir. The interspersing of music—spanning from the Renaissance to our time—between familiar passages of Scripture and ancient prayers, creates a contemplative mood. Lasting an hour, the service is a wonderful way to end the day or begin the week.

Weekday & Saturday Services


  • 7:30 am – Holy Eucharist (Wednesday only)
  • 12 pm – Holy Eucharist 
  • 2:30 pm – Intercessory Prayers 
  • 5:30 pm – Evening Prayer or Choral Evensong (when offered – view calendar


12 pm – Holy Eucharist 

Daily Intercessory Prayer

Weekdays, 2:30 pm
Holy Spirit Chapel

Open to the public during Cathedral operating hours. Gather with us for a quiet, simple, prayer session.