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Welcome

Welcome to St. Alban’s Church! Every Sunday, and most days in between, people gather in this place to worship, to learn, to grow, to share the joys and struggles of our lives, and to seek God’s grace in the midst of our lives. We do not come because we have it all figured out, but because we are seeking light on the way. We come as we are and welcome one another.

On this website, you can find information about our worship, our classes for people of all ages, membership at St. Alban's, and about how we seek to make a difference in this world. We warmly encourage you to join us for a Sunday service or for some of the many other events that happen here. You belong at St. Alban’s.

Contact us with any questions. Call (202) 363-8286 or email the church office.

Service Times

SUNDAY SERVICES (after Labor Day through May)
8:00 a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite I (spoken)

9:00  a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II

                        Children's Chapel

11:15 a.m.      Misa in Español (Little Sanctuary)

11:15 a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II (Rite I during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter)

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 9:00 a.m.  Daily Morning Prayer

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.                                    Holy Eucharist: Rite II

Directions

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church is located next to the Washington National Cathedral at the corner of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in the northwest section of the District of Columbia.

From either direction on the north loop of the Capital Beltway/I-495 follow signs for Route 355/Wisconsin Ave south toward DC. St. Alban’s is located on the left just before the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Make a left onto Lych Gate Rd before you reach Massachusetts Ave. As you enter the drive, the church will be on your left and Satterlee Hall and the Rectory on the right. Stay on Lych Gate until it becomes Pilgrim Rd.

From any Virginia main in-bound thoroughfare (George Washington Memorial Parkway, I-395, Route 50, I-66), follow signs to Rosslyn and take the Key Bridge from Rosslyn north across the Potomac River into Georgetown. Go right on M St, left on Wisconsin Ave. St. Alban’s is located on the right just after the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Make a right onto Lych Gate Rd after passing Massachusetts. As you enter the drive, the church will be on your left and Satterlee Hall and the Rectory on the right. Stay on Lych Gate until it becomes Pilgrim Rd.

Parking is available on Pilgrim Road Monday-Friday after 3:30 pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. Parking is also available in the Cathedral’s underground garage for a fee Monday- Saturday and for free on Sunday.  You may also park on neighborhood streets according to DC parking signs.

What to Expect

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For Your Kids

Children’s Ministry

At St. Alban’s Parish the formation of our children is a high priority.  While we know that a significant amount of a child’s faith comes from the home, we aim to provide excellent children’s formation throughout the year to complement the formation that is ongoing in a child’s life.  Our goal is to help children easily point to the love of God in their lives.

Worship: Children’s Chapel meets at the start of the 9:00 a.m. service in Nourse Hall. Children join the congregation in "big church" at the Peace, in time for Eucharist.

Education: All church school classes resume the Sunday after Labor Day with our annual Open House. Instruction starts the following Sunday. 

Nursery care: Child care is available from 9:00 to 11:05 a.m. during the program year (September to May) for infants and children under 3 who aren’t quite ready for our 2s & 3s class.

Learn more about Children's Ministries


Youth Ministry

Four teen groups participate in formation classes at St. Alban’s on Sunday mornings.  We use the nationally recognized Episcopal curriculum “Journey to Adulthood," or J2A.  J2A has two guiding principles: 1) Manhood and womanhood are gifts of God; and 2) Adulthood must be earned. This is a strong program with over 50 youth participating, many of whom engage in a wide variety of ministries at St. Alban’s. Two or three adults mentor each of the groups for two years, sharing their own faith journeys and forming strong bonds of fellowship with the participants. 

Worship:  St. Alban’s Teen Service Fellowship starts at 9:00 a.m. and is a separate service just for our teens held in the Little Sanctuary at St. Albans School. This interactive service offers teens time to talk about life, the Gospel, and to celebrate Eucharist together.  The teens return to "big church," before heading to their classes at the conclusion of the 9:00 a.m. worship service.  Friends are always welcome.

Learn more about Youth Ministries

The Episcopal Church

As Episcopalians, we follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe God is active in our everyday lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.  

The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and with each other in Christ. The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the gospel, and promotes justice, peace and love. The Church carries out its mission through the ministry of all of its members.

We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer. We believe the Holy Scriptures are the revealed Word of God. In worship we unite ourselves with one another to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God's Word, to offer prayer and praise, and to celebrate the Sacraments. The Celebration of Holy Eucharist is the central act of worship in accordance with Jesus' command to His disciples. Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion with 70 million members in 165 countries.  The word "Episcopal" refers to government by bishops. The historic episcopate continues the work of the first apostles in the Church, guarding the faith, unity and discipline of the Church. Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops. 

We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person. We welcome all to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

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The Anointer is Anointed

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03.30.18

The Anointer is Anointed

The Anointer is Anointed

Series: Holy Week

Speaker: The Rev'd Jim Quigley

There are a couple of places where we could get hung up in these eleven verses of Mark’s chapter 14, and maybe miss the points it seems to me he’s trying to get across.  The first place is the verse about “the poor always being with us.”  It’s a verse that is often taken out of its context and misinterpreted, compelling complacency or resignation, as if Jesus were a fatalist.  But we know this Jesus.  We know how he came into this world, preaching to the poor, bringing them good news, offering them salvation and treasure in heaven. Elsewhere says he:  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 

But Mark’s Gospel is subversive like that.  Mark’s Jesus condemns our systems of exploitation and oppression at every point.  Mark’s Jesus is channeling the words of the prophet Isaiah, or Moses in Deuteronomy where the hope is that when we get it this Law thing right there will be no poor among us.  And he’s implying that the way we’ve been living up and until now, we will most almost certainly guarantee that yes, the poor will always be with us.  But doesn’t it make us feel better to take an hour or two every now and then to care for them. If maybe we work harder at feeding the hungry than we do at changing the systems that keep them that way.   

When the woman came with that alabaster jar full of nard and broke it open and poured it on Jesus’ head there were SOME there – how many we don’t know but certainly more than one – who said to one another in anger, “Why was this ointment wasted in this way!  It could have been sold and given to the poor!” 

Is Mark is hinting at something we might call unrighteous indignation – when our anger or our service is a mask for our self-righteousness?  Thou dost protest too much?   But we’re like that, some of us, some of the time, anyway.  What I mean by that is that often our anger doesn’t carry us far enough towards changing what legitimately enrages us (Keizer).  The cost is just too great.  Because changing things would mean that we too, become poor, in some way.  Nah, we say, what good would that do?

We could posit that one of the some who protested might have been Judas.  John’s Gospel tells us that Judas was a pilferer. After protesting Jesus’ anointing he runs out to the chief priests to betray him. They, the chief priests, rejoiced at the news and promised to give him money.  And with that Judas began to look for an opportunity to betray him.  And we could get hung up there, too.  By focusing on Judas.  By wondering what made him do it.  But it wasn’t only Judas… that story comes in the next section of our journey to the cross today but suffice it to say those followers of Jesus, every one of them, will wonder whether it might be they who are about to betray him.   One after another they will begin to wonder, “Could it be me, no, surely not I!”

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended, that we to judge have in hate pretended?  Who was guilty?  Who brought this upon thee?  Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee; I crucified thee.