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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.

Please fill out this welcome form to connect with us.

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

 

Service Times

Beginning on Trinity Sunday, May 30, 2021, worship will be open to anyone without pre-registration or distancing requirements. We will continue requiring that worshippers be masked for now. 

Our schedule of services will remain the same throughout the summer:

 - 9:00 a.m. (English) in the church

 - 10:30 a.m. (English) in the church

 - Noon (Spanish) in Nourse Hall

Communion in one kind (i.e. wafers) will be offered at the main altar, although we will happily bring communion to those for whom steps are challenging. 

Masked hymn singing both indoors and outdoors will be permitted, and music will be supported by a soloist and organ. 

On-line worship services in English and Spanish are available on Sundays beginning at 8:00 a.m. on our YouTube channel.

 

 

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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Faith Talk - Lent III

Lent III

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on

Chagall obsession

In writing about Jesus artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) imagined ‘Christ’ in two ways. As ‘the great poet whose poetical teaching had been forgotten by the modern world’ and as ‘the true type of the Jewish martyr.’  In depicting numerous crucifixion scenes (which in the 1930’s and 1940’s  became – literally and figuratively –  an obsession for him) Chagall was following an established tradition among Jewish artists who portrayed the crucified Christ for two reasons: to indict their Christian persecutors while simultaneously attempting to arouse sympathy for Jews suffering in Europe.

White Crucifixion

The White Crucifixion, 1938

In the Spring of 1930, while living in Berlin, Chagall witnessed increasing anti-semitism. The experience shook him and he returned to his adopted homeland, Southern France. There, in 1938, Chagall painted The White Crucifixion.  The painting is eerily prophetic.

In the upper right hand corner of the painting a Nazi brownshirt plunders Torah scrolls from a burning synagogue; to the left of the cross refugees flee a burning shetl by boat; staggering toward the viewer in the lower left hand corner is a man wearing a placard that we know from reproductions of earlier versions of the painting once clearly read: Ich bin Jude.   With his art, Chagall was trying to awaken his world to a reality that remains in ours:  an abiding indifference to those who suffer.

Germany invaded France in 1940. Chagall remained in France while many of his contemporaries – the likes of Fernand Leger, Andre Breton and Max Ernst – fled to the United States. In 1941, after French Jews were stripped of their citizenship, Chagall and his wife Bella were arrested in Marseille and escaped to New York City via Spain and Portugal.  In New York Chagall experienced exile from both his homelands – Russia and France (where he was granted citizenship in 1937) . Chagall’s isolation in New York was exacerbated by the fact that his English was rudimentary at best.

After creating countless images of a Jew crucified by Christians Chagall began to identify with the person of Jesus Christ in a third way: with his own suffering.  Chagall titled the following poem The Painter Crucified:

Every day I carry a cross
They push me and drag me by the hand
Already the dark of night surrounds me
You have deserted me, My God?  Why? …

I run upstairs
To my dry brushes
And am crucified like Christ
Fixed with nails to an easel 

Decent from the Cross, 1941

In a small gouache that Chagall painted in 1941, inscribed above the cross – and in place of the traditional INRI –  is Chagall’s own name: Marc Ch.  The painting depicts not only Jesus’ descent from the Cross but Chagall’s too.  In the upper right hand corner of the painting  a blue-winged angel descends to bring Chagall his brushes and his palette. Keep painting!  The world must awaken to indifference!

This week in our life together as a church we are living into our third week of the season of Lent.  Today is my day for posting a St. Alban’s Daily Cup and I do so late, after searching for a ‘Cup’ of good news for most of the day.  Late this afternoon I somehow thought of Chagall, probably because of the Sunday morning adult education offering for Lent that a colleague and I are leading (one that utilizes poetry and the visual arts) but also because of one of my own Lenten disciplines, which is to, as often as I can,  “make” the stations of the cross – to follow Jesus on his journey to Golgotha.

I don’t know about you but in this third week of Lent I feel like I’m still at my first Station of the Cross – like I’ve barely begun to really enter in.  Here’s the description and the prayer that accompanies the first station of the cross, in the devotional that I use:

The First Station: Jesus is condemned to death:

So Pilate, wishing to please the crowd, releases for them Barabbas. And having Jesus scourged, he delivered him to be crucified. How easy for Pilate to wash his hands and to say, “I am innocent of the blood of this man!” And how many Pilates stand before you as you stand before firing squads, and gas chambers, and prison camps, as you disappear to be never to be seen again, as you are reduced to being a choice, or a burden on society, as you are stigmatized by public opinion.

Lord, we do not wash our hands of you with water anymore but with indifference.

Let us pray: Jesus, please don’t let me turn from you, or walk away, when I see you condemned.

On this third week of Lent,

Holy Monday,

+jim

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