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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.




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.

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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 - Reprise of a Homily

Reprise of a Homily

Posted by Ron Hicks on

At home last week we were going through and throwing out some old papers when Jonnie Sue ran across this homily that I gave at the early morning mass on the Monday of Holy Week in 2001. There might have been 6 people there. It seems worth sharing with you, dear readers, even though we are not in Holy Week now.

“Well, that woman certainly knew what was about to happen, didn’t she? I mean the one in the story we just heard who broke the jar of perfumed ointment costing about $20,000 at today’s minimum wage and anointed Jesus with the ointment

“In reflecting on this story for today I asked several people if they knew when in the life of Jesus this incident occurred. Everyone I asked knew the story, but no one knew whether it was early or late in Jesus’ ministry. We hear these stories often, but usually not in context. Of course, as a reading in Holy Week those of us here today we would suppose that it occurs around the Holy Week events.

“I calculate this incident in Mark’s Gospel to be three days after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, which we celebrated yesterday at the beginning of the Palm Sunday Liturgy and two days after what has long been for me the most daring ... most dramatic ...and most dangerous of all of Jesus’ acts.

“Mark describes it this way: ‘...he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying ..., and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves ... He was teaching and saying: “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? But you have made it a den of robbers.’”’

“The Gospel account of the day of triumphal entry tells us that Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple and looked around at everything until it was late and then left and stayed the night in Bethany. The next day though he comes back, and this so-called ‘Cleansing of the Temple’ takes place. He must have worked up quite a rage during the night over what he had seen. Over what? Changing money? Selling doves? Well these were not just fair-and-square commercial transactions that he was objecting too. These are references to a system of extortion run by a gang as corrupt and oppressive and vicious as you would ever fear to meet. This was a cynical selling of salvation such as the world would not see again until the selling of indulgences was devised.

“To what can I compare these Chief Priests and their thugs? Here’s an image that works for me. Imagine the Chicago of Al Capone, and imagine Al Capone being not only the crime boss but also the mayor and the head of the church. Now comes this Jesus. He has been denouncing them out in the country-side. Now he brings the war right into their living room and hits them right in the heart. Right in their money making racket. There is a comparable scene in American history. It is the scene where Al Capone’s nemesis, Eliot Ness, and his men enter one of Capone’s liquor warehouses and smash all the whiskey barrels. Up until then Capone had a cozy relationship with the authorities. But Ness thought the law meant something --- and that someone should enforce it --- and that he was that someone. And here, in Jesus, was someone who read the law and the prophets --- and who thought that they meant something, --- and who saw them being used only as instruments of oppression. No wonder his cousin John called them a brood of vipers.

“The Chief Priests know now that this guy is not going to go away. Everyone who witnessed or heard of this event in the temple would know what’s coming next. These Mafia dons will not – they cannot – let this pass.

“The incident of today’s Gospel reading about the woman and the ointment happens just two days later --- and one day before the Last Supper. She knows that Jesus is as good as dead; that it’s only a matter of time and not much of that. Of course, dining there with his friends, he knows it too. He’s known a long time. He’s been telling his disciples this was coming.

“Well, this homily today is supposed to be a witness talk and not just a commentary. So what does this story mean to me, and what might it mean for you? One lesson is that those who challenge the structures and institutions of society that oppress people will meet stringent resistance from those who profit from those structures and institutions. And if those doing the challenging start to have an effect and are not just a nuisance -- a cost of doing business -- then they can expect character assassination at the least, and real assassination is a possibility.

“Sometime when I start down this line of thought I get a little depressed. Here I am, 62 years old, and no one is trying to kill me because I am having such a devastating effect on the forces of evil. A couple of things help me when I get in this place. One is the lives the saints. They are a diverse lot -- from hermits in the desert to kings and queens. And they’ve all done their part to advance the kingdom given the circumstances of their time and place. Many of them died peacefully in their beds. Another thing that helps is St. Paul’s analogy of the church to the body. We are not all supposed to be the eye, or how would the body hear. It is a wonderful analogy. Or consider a wartime analogy. Some are called to the front lines. Some are called to defense plants. Some are called to roll bandages. Some have to care for the children. Some are called to stay on the farm. All are essential. Or there would be no ammunition. Or food.

“Some of us are called to be Martin Luther King Jr, and some of us are called to help him by making his travel arrangements.

“In this Parish, some of us are called to administer the sacraments and pronounce God’s forgiveness of sins. Others are called to keep the account books. Some of us are called to teach, and some to vacuum the carpet, open the doors, and turn on the lights. Some of us are called to make sandwiches to feed the homeless and some to plan improvements to the buildings and grounds. As such we are all parts of this body. Some of us are called to occupations in business or in government. I was for 34 years. Then, as now, I tried -- as we all try -- to always see it as an arena for living out our common ministry as set forth in the Catechism and the Baptismal Vows: to represent Christ and his Church – to carry out Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world – to resist evil – to proclaim the Good News – to love our neighbors as ourselves – and to respect the dignity of every human being.

“Not all of us are called to cleanse the temple and be crucified for it. Some of us may be called -- like the woman in today’s reading -- to just demonstrate our devotion and support through some extravagant act of pure love and kindness. That, too, is being a member of the body of Christ.”

Ron Hicks, Parish Verger, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington DC, 23 May 2016.