Event Calendar

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Current Exhibits

Currently on display on the seventh floor are “Though the Earth Be Moved,” a look at the impact of the 2011 earthquake on the Cathedral, and “Gothic Resilience,” an exhibition of Cathedral photographs by Colin Winterbottom.

Monday, December 1

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  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 3:00 PM

    Touring Interruption

    No guided and audio tours beginning at 3 pm due to concert rehearsal. Self-guided brochures available. Lower level, Cathedral Store, and Bishop’s Garden will be open all day.

  • 5:30 PM

    Evening Prayer

    This 20 minute service, known as the evening office, includes prayers, Scripture, and liturgy for the close of the day. All are welcome.

  • 7:00 PM

    Harbingers: A Seasonal Spirituality Gathering

    Join us the first Monday evening of each month as we explore how the landscape in which we live impacts the inner landscape of our being. Learn more »

Tuesday, December 2

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  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 10:45 AM

    Spiritual Reflections Tour

    Explore up close the inspiring stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in glass and stone in the Cathedral, and be nourished on your own spiritual journey. No matter your religious tradition or background, enjoy this unique one-hour meditative tour that offers story, silence, poetry, prayer, and reflective invitations. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 1:30 PM

    Tour and Tea

    Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington. Learn more »

  • 5:00 PM

    Listening for God

    Hear the word of God in reading Holy Scripture, in silence, and by sharing with others in prayerful listening during this time of modified Lectio Divina, or holy reading. Learn more »

  • 5:30 PM

    Evening Prayer

    This 20 minute service, known as the evening office, includes prayers, Scripture, and liturgy for the close of the day. All are welcome.

  • 6:00 PM

    Centering Prayer

    Open your entire being to God’s presence during this time of silent prayer as you move beyond thoughts, words, and emotions into a quiet communion with the Divine. Learn more »

  • 6:00 PM

    An Evening with Novelist Erik Tarloff

    Meet novelist Erik Tarloff, whose newest book is All Our Yesterdays. Learn more »

Wednesday, December 3

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  • 8:00 AM

    Centering Prayer

    Open your entire being to God’s presence during this time of silent prayer as you move beyond thoughts, words, and emotions into a quiet communion with the Divine. Learn more »

  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 1:30 PM

    Tour and Tea

    Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington. Learn more »

  • 3:00 PM

    Touring Interruption

    No guided and audio tours beginning at 3 pm due to concert rehearsal. Self-guided brochures available. Lower level, Cathedral Store, and Bishop’s Garden will be open all day.

  • 5:30 PM

    Evening Prayer

    This 20 minute service, known as the evening office, includes prayers, Scripture, and liturgy for the close of the day. All are welcome.

Thursday, December 4

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  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 12:00 PM

    Touring Interruption

    No guided and audio tours beginning at 12 pm due to concert rehearsal. Self-guided brochures available. Lower level, Cathedral Store, and Bishop’s Garden will be open.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 3:00 PM

    Close-up Tour: Angels High and Low

    These tours offer a special in-depth look at aspects of Cathedral artisanship for visitors aged 10 and older. Learn more »

  • 5:30 PM

    Evening Prayer

    This 20 minute service, known as the evening office, includes prayers, Scripture, and liturgy for the close of the day. All are welcome.

Friday, December 5

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  • 8:00 AM

    Winter Warmth Clothing Drive

    Clothing collection for Friendship Place Learn more »

  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 4:30 PM

    Touring Interruption

    Cathedral will close at 4:30 pm for concert preparations. No evening service due to concert. Box Office will open for ticket purchase and ticket holders at 6:30pm for concert.

  • 7:30 PM

    Messiah – G.F. Handel

    The National Cathedral provides the perfect setting for some of the season’s most joyous music, performed by a team of international soloists with the Cathedral’s own combined choirs and Baroque orchestra. Learn more »

Saturday, December 6

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  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 12:30 PM

    Carillon Recital

    Cathedral Carillonneur Edward M. Nassor plays a recital most Saturday afternoons. Best heard from the Bishop’s Garden.

  • 1:30 PM

    Touring Interruption

    Cathedral will close at 1:30 pm for concert preparations. No evening service due to concert. Box Office will open for ticket purchase and ticket holders at 3:00 pm for concert.

  • 4:00 PM

    Messiah – G.F. Handel

    The National Cathedral provides the perfect setting for some of the season’s most joyous music, performed by a team of international soloists with the Cathedral’s own combined choirs and Baroque orchestra. Learn more »

Sunday, December 7

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  • 8:00 AM

    Holy Eucharist, Rite 1

    The Rev. Elena Thompson, preacher and presider

  • 9:00 AM

    Holy Eucharist

    The Rev. Canon Gina Gilland Campbell, preacher Learn more »

  • 9:45 AM

    Advent Giving Tree

    Pick a tag during Advent Sunday coffee hours Learn more »

  • 10:00 AM

    Meet the Southern Africa Partnership Ministry

    Support the Southern Africa Partnership through action and study Learn more »

  • 10:10 AM

    The Theology of Stewardship presented by Dean Gary Hall

    Advent Mini-series on the Body of Christ Learn more »

  • 11:15 AM

    Holy Eucharist

    The Rev. Canon Gina Gilland Campbell, preacher Learn more »

  • 12:30 PM

    Saints Alive!

    Social event and planning meeting for those in the 40s+ demographic Learn more »

  • 12:45 PM

    Holy Land Pilgrimage Preview

    Hear pilgrimage leader the Rev. Canon John L. Peterson preview next autumn’s Cathedral pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Learn more »

  • 1:00 PM

    Knitting and Crocheting Ministry

    Enjoy the company of fellow crafters and make cozy caps and scarves Learn more »

  • 1:30 PM

    Touring Interruption

    Cathedral will close at 1:30 pm for concert preparations. No evening service due to concert. Box Office will open for ticket purchase and ticket holders at 3:00 pm for concert.

  • 4:00 PM

    Messiah – G.F. Handel

    The National Cathedral provides the perfect setting for some of the season’s most joyous music, performed by a team of international soloists with the Cathedral’s own combined choirs and Baroque orchestra. Learn more »

  • 6:30 PM

    Bread for the Journey

    A Writing Group for Everyone Learn more »

Monday, December 8

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  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 5:30 PM

    Weekday Evensong

    The Men of the Cathedral Choir sing Evensong. Learn more »

  • 6:30 PM

    Journeying Through Advent with St. Ignatius Loyola

    As Advent begins, take a breath, pause, and pray Learn more »

Tuesday, December 9

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  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 10:45 AM

    Spiritual Reflections Tour

    Explore up close the inspiring stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in glass and stone in the Cathedral, and be nourished on your own spiritual journey. No matter your religious tradition or background, enjoy this unique one-hour meditative tour that offers story, silence, poetry, prayer, and reflective invitations. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 1:30 PM

    Tour and Tea

    Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington. Learn more »

  • 5:00 PM

    Listening for God

    Hear the word of God in reading Holy Scripture, in silence, and by sharing with others in prayerful listening during this time of modified Lectio Divina, or holy reading. Learn more »

  • 5:30 PM

    Weekday Evensong

    The Men of the Cathedral Choir sing Evensong. Learn more »

  • 6:00 PM

    Centering Prayer

    Open your entire being to God’s presence during this time of silent prayer as you move beyond thoughts, words, and emotions into a quiet communion with the Divine. Learn more »

Wednesday, December 10

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  • 7:00 AM

    Grand Opening: Open City at the National Cathedral

    A new café opens in the Cathedral’s Old Baptistry and offers coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and other light fare. Learn more »

  • 8:00 AM

    Centering Prayer

    Open your entire being to God’s presence during this time of silent prayer as you move beyond thoughts, words, and emotions into a quiet communion with the Divine. Learn more »

  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 1:30 PM

    Tour and Tea

    Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington. Learn more »

  • 5:30 PM

    Weekday Evensong

    The Cathedral Choir of Men and Girls sings Evensong. Learn more »

  • 6:00 PM

    Stitching Scents and Prayers in Advent

    Pray for others using healing scents of the season during this evening of quiet renewal Learn more »

  • 7:00 PM

    Washington Premiere: Children of the Light: Desmond Tutu’s South African Story

    Film screening followed by personal observations by Dr. Judith Mayotte, board member of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre and Leadership Academy in Cape Town, South Africa. Learn more »

Thursday, December 11

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  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 3:00 PM

    Touring Interruption

    No guided and audio tours beginning at 3 pm due to special service. Lower level, Cathedral Store, and Bishop’s Garden will be open all day.

  • 3:00 PM

    National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence

    The Newtown Foundation, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, and Washington National Cathedral hosted a vigil for all victims of gun violence. Learn more »

  • 5:30 PM

    Weekday Evensong

    The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys sings Evensong. Learn more »

  • 7:30 PM

    An Evening with Author and Priest Frederick Quinn

    Meet author and Episcopal priest Frederick Quinn, whose newest book is A House of Prayer for all People A History of Washington National Cathedral. Learn more »

Friday, December 12

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  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 5:30 PM

    Evening Prayer

    This 20 minute service, known as the evening office, includes prayers, Scripture, and liturgy for the close of the day. All are welcome.

Saturday, December 13

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  • 10:00 AM

    Touring Interruption

    Cathedral will be closed to visitors all day for concerts. Box Office will open for ticket purchase and ticket holders at 11 am for 12 pm concert and at 3 pm for 4 pm concert.

  • 12:00 PM

    The Joy of Christmas: Family Matinee

    Special Christmas concert for families with young children presented by the Cathedral Choral Society. Learn more »

  • 1:30 PM

    Carillon Postlude

    Cathedral Carillonneur Edward M. Nassor plays a recital most Saturday afternoons. Best heard from the Bishop’s Garden.

  • 4:00 PM

    The Joy of Christmas

    A Washington tradition with carillon, Advent wreath procession, the great organ, and traditional carols led by the Cathedral Choral Society. Learn more »

Sunday, December 14

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  • 8:00 AM

    Holy Eucharist, Rite 1

    Seminarian Elizabeth Hadaway, preacher; the Very Rev. Gary Hall, presider.

  • 9:00 AM

    Holy Eucharist

    The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, preacher; the Very Rev. Gary Hall, presider Learn more »

  • 9:45 AM

    Advent Giving Tree

    Pick a tag during Advent Sunday coffee hours Learn more »

  • 10:00 AM

    Meet the Palestine/Israel Advocacy Group

    Committed to peace and reconciliation in the Middle East Learn more »

  • 10:10 AM

    Caring for One Another presented by the Reverend Preston Hannibal

    Advent Mini-series on the Body of Christ Learn more »

  • 11:15 AM

    Holy Eucharist

    The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, preacher; the Very Rev. Gary Hall, presider Learn more »

  • 12:30 PM

    Environment Advocacy Group

    Buy a pound of coffee; help change lives Learn more »

  • 12:30 PM

    Young Families and Young Couples Meeting

    Attend this orginization meeting Learn more »

  • 12:45 PM

    Congregation Potluck Luncheon

    Gather for food and fellowship in Perry Auditorium Learn more »

  • 1:45 PM

    Touring Interruption

    Cathedral will close at 1:45 pm for concert preparations. No evening service due to concert. Box Office will open for ticket purchase and ticket holders at 3:00 pm for concert.

  • 4:00 PM

    The Joy of Christmas

    A Washington tradition with carillon, Advent wreath procession, the great organ, and traditional carols led by the Cathedral Choral Society. Learn more »

  • 6:30 PM

    Bread for the Journey

    A Writing Group for Everyone Learn more »

Monday, December 15

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  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 5:30 PM

    Weekday Evensong

    The Girl Choristers sing Evensong. Learn more »

  • 7:30 PM

    Fiction Fun! with Gary Hall

    A monthly discussion of classic and contemporary novels. This month: Stoner by John Williams Learn more »

Tuesday, December 16

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  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 1:30 PM

    Tour and Tea

    Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington. Learn more »

  • 5:00 PM

    Listening for God

    Hear the word of God in reading Holy Scripture, in silence, and by sharing with others in prayerful listening during this time of modified Lectio Divina, or holy reading. Learn more »

  • 5:30 PM

    Weekday Evensong

    The Boy Choristers sing Evensong. Learn more »

  • 6:00 PM

    Centering Prayer

    Open your entire being to God’s presence during this time of silent prayer as you move beyond thoughts, words, and emotions into a quiet communion with the Divine. Learn more »

Wednesday, December 17

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  • 8:00 AM

    Centering Prayer

    Open your entire being to God’s presence during this time of silent prayer as you move beyond thoughts, words, and emotions into a quiet communion with the Divine. Learn more »

  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 1:30 PM

    Tour and Tea

    Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington. Learn more »

  • 5:30 PM

    Weekday Evensong

    The Cathedral Choir of Men and Girls sings Evensong. Learn more »

Thursday, December 18

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  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 7:00 PM

    Pub Theology-NW

    20s&30s talk theology at Cactus Cantina Learn more »

Friday, December 19

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  • 10:00 AM

    Touring Interruption

    No touring of the Nave (main level) due to school service. Self-guided and audio tours will be available at 1:00 pm. Lower level, Cathedral Store, and Bishop’s Garden will be open all day.

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

Saturday, December 20

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  • 10:00 AM

    Touring Interruption

    Cathedral will be closed to touring all day for special service in the morning and Christmas Pageant in the afternoon. Lower level, Cathedral Store, and Bishop’s Garden will be open all day.

  • 10:00 AM

    Bethlehem Prayer Service

    Join worshipers in the nave for the eighth annual joint simulcast Christmas service with the people of Bethlehem. Learn more »

  • 12:30 PM

    Carillon Recital

    Cathedral Carillonneur Edward M. Nassor plays a recital most Saturday afternoons. Best heard from the Bishop’s Garden.

  • 2:00 PM

    Christmas Pageant

    As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, we invite you to bring your children, grandchildren, and other special youngsters to participate in the Christmas pageant. Learn more »

Sunday, December 21

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  • 8:00 AM

    Holy Eucharist, Rite 1

    The Rev. Dr. Wollom A. Jensen, preacher and presider

  • 8:30 AM

    Martha’s Table Ministry

    Third Sunday of each month drop off your sandwiches and fruit Learn more »

  • 9:00 AM

    Holy Eucharist

    The Very Rev. Gary Hall, preacher Learn more »

  • 10:00 AM

    Meet the Palestine/Israel Advocacy Group

    Committed to peace and reconciliation in the Middle East Learn more »

  • 10:15 AM

    Newcomer Welcome and Orientation

    Learn more about congregation life; offered after the 9 and 11:15 am services Learn more »

  • 11:15 AM

    Holy Eucharist

    The Very Rev. Gary Hall, preacher; the Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, presider. Learn more »

  • 1:00 PM

    Knitting and Crocheting Ministry

    Enjoy the company of fellow crafters and make cozy caps and scarves Learn more »

  • 3:45 PM

    Touring Interruption

    Cathedral will close at 3:45 pm for concert preparations. No evening service due to concert. Box Office will open for ticket purchase and ticket holders at 6:30 pm for concert.

  • 6:30 PM

    Bread for the Journey

    A Writing Group for Everyone Learn more »

  • 7:30 PM

    Christmas with the King’s Singers

    Instantly recognizable for their incisive timing and impeccable vocal blend, they are a class act with delightfully British wit. Learn more »

Monday, December 22

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  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

  • 5:30 PM

    Evening Prayer

    This 20 minute service, known as the evening office, includes prayers, Scripture, and liturgy for the close of the day. All are welcome.

Tuesday, December 23

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  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

    Tickets: $25 per adult; $21 for children, seniors, students, military; includes admission. Order tickets now »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

    Tickets: $25 per adult; $21 for children, seniors, students, military; includes admission. Order tickets now »

  • 3:45 PM

    Touring Interruption

    Cathedral will close at 3:45 pm for service preparations. No evening service due to special service. Service will begin at 6 pm. Passes required.

  • 6:00 PM

    Carols by Candlelight

    Live webcast. Christmas service of carols, choirs, prayers, and Scripture. Learn more »

Wednesday, December 24

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  • 8:00 AM

    Centering Prayer

    Open your entire being to God’s presence during this time of silent prayer as you move beyond thoughts, words, and emotions into a quiet communion with the Divine. Learn more »

  • 10:00 AM

    Touring Interruption

    No guided and audio tours in the morning; self-guided brochures available. Cathedral will close at 12:30 pm for Christmas Eve service preparations. Passes are required for Christmas Eve Services.

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 6:00 PM

    Carols by Candlelight

    Live webcast. Christmas service of carols, choirs, prayers, and Scripture. Learn more »

  • 10:00 PM

    Festival Holy Eucharist

    Live webcast. Celebrate Christmas Eve at Washington National Cathedral. Learn more »

Thursday, December 25

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  • 10:00 AM

    Touring Interruption

    No guided and audio tours available due to Christmas holiday; self-guided brochures available 12:30 after Christmas Day service. Lower level and Bishop’s Garden will be open all day. Cathedral Store will be closed.

  • 11:00 AM

    Festival Holy Eucharist

    Live webcast. Celebrate Christmas Day at Washington National Cathedral. Learn more »

  • 4:00 PM

    Christmas Day Service of Lessons and Carols

    Live webcast. Traditional service of Scripture readings and Christmas carols. Learn more »

  • 5:15 PM

    Organ Recital: Christmas Day Organ Recital

    Live webcast. Cathedral organists Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley play a Christmas afternoon recital on the Cathedral’s great organ. With special guest, Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano. Learn more »

Friday, December 26

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  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 5:30 PM

    Evening Prayer

    This 20 minute service, known as the evening office, includes prayers, Scripture, and liturgy for the close of the day. All are welcome.

Saturday, December 27

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  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 12:30 PM

    Carillon Recital

    Cathedral Carillonneur Edward M. Nassor plays a recital most Saturday afternoons. Best heard from the Bishop’s Garden.

  • 4:00 PM

    Evening Prayer

    This 20 minute service, known as the evening office, includes prayers, Scripture, and liturgy for the close of the day. All are welcome.

Sunday, December 28

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  • 8:00 AM

    Holy Eucharist, Rite 1

    The Rev. Rich Kukoswki, preacher and presider

  • 10:30 AM

    Holy Eucharist

    Live webcast. The Very Rev. Gary Hall, preacher Learn more »

  • 1:30 PM

    Touring Interruption

    No touring of the Nave (main level) due to special service from 1:30 pm–3 pm. Lower level, Cathedral Store, and Bishop’s Garden will be open all day.

  • 2:00 PM

    Ceremonial Laying of Wreath on President Wilson’s Tomb

    Join representatives from the U.S. military services on the occasion of the anniversary of Wilson’s birth.

Monday, December 29

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  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

    Tickets: $25 per adult; $21 for children, seniors, students, military; includes admission. Order tickets now »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

    Tickets: $25 per adult; $21 for children, seniors, students, military; includes admission. Order tickets now »

  • 5:30 PM

    Evening Prayer

    This 20 minute service, known as the evening office, includes prayers, Scripture, and liturgy for the close of the day. All are welcome.

Tuesday, December 30

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  • 10:30 AM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

    Tickets: $25 per adult; $21 for children, seniors, students, military; includes admission. Order tickets now »

  • 12:00 PM

    Holy Eucharist

    This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

  • 1:30 PM

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. Learn more »

    Tickets: $25 per adult; $21 for children, seniors, students, military; includes admission. Order tickets now »

  • 5:00 PM

    Listening for God

    Hear the word of God in reading Holy Scripture, in silence, and by sharing with others in prayerful listening during this time of modified Lectio Divina, or holy reading. Learn more »

  • 5:30 PM

    Evening Prayer

    This 20 minute service, known as the evening office, includes prayers, Scripture, and liturgy for the close of the day. All are welcome.

  • 6:00 PM

    Centering Prayer

    Open your entire being to God’s presence during this time of silent prayer as you move beyond thoughts, words, and emotions into a quiet communion with the Divine. Learn more »

Wednesday, December 31

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  • 3:45 PM

    Touring Interruption

    Cathedral will close at 3:45 pm for New Year’s Eve.

Parking at the Cathedral

Parking in the Cathedral’s underground garage is free on Sundays for services and organ recitals; parking for concerts and programs is available for an event-parking fee. Learn more about parking options for individuals and groups.