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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

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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Holy Week and Easter

04.03.19 | News, Worship, Formation

    Our worship schedule for Holy Week is designed to capture the essential unity of observances during this sacred time.

    Palm Sunday – April 14 

    • Holy Eucharist with the Liturgy of the Palms:
      8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and in Spanish at 11:15 a.m. in the Little Sanctuary at St. Alban's School
    Children’s Chapel begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. in Nourse Hall with a procession of music and palms (complete with donkey!), followed by a child-focused walk through the final week of Jesus’ life. Those who wish may join the procession and then enter “big church” in time to hear the Passion. The 11:15 a.m. Spanish service begins with a procession at the Peace Cross. All other services begin in the Nave.
    • Sunday School at 10:15 a.m.

    Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday –  April 15, 16, 17 

    • Holy Eucharist, 7:30 a.m. 

    Holy Wednesday – April 17 

    • Musical Meditation, 7:30 p.m.
    To mark the spiritual journey we all make in Holy Week, members of St. Alban’s Schola and the Albanus Baroque Viol Consort share Giovanni Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Orlande di Lassus’ Lamentations Jeremiae Prophetae.

    Maundy Thursday – April 18 
    • Holy Eucharist, 7:30 a.m. 
    • Maundy Thursday Liturgy (family-friendly), 6:00 p.m.
    This brief service in the Nave includes foot washing, Communion, and a stripping of the Children’s Chapel altar. The hands-on nature of this service and its distilled language are designed to help all ages come close to these central ways Jesus calls us to remember him.
    • Maundy Thursday Liturgy, 7:30 p.m. 
    • Maundy Thursday Liturgy, 7:30 p.m., in Spanish in the Little Sanctuary at St. Alban's School
    Our Spanish service includes foot washing and Communion. Our English service focuses more on the institution of the Eucharist. Following the Choir’s singing of Psalm 22 and the stripping of the altar, both groups meet at the Peace Cross and pray together in the Bishop’s Garden. 

    Good Friday – April 19 
    • Good Friday Liturgy, 7:30 a.m. 
    • The Three Hours, 12:00 p.m.
    This service is constructed as six 30-minute services so that those who wish can come and go as needed. We read through Luke’s account of the Passion in segments with hymns, meditations and silence accompanying each section.
    • Good Friday Liturgy, 7:30 p.m., in Spanish in the Little Sanctuary at St. Albans School 

    Holy Saturday – April 20 

    • Holy Saturday Liturgy, 10:00 a.m. in the Columbarium
    This very brief service focuses on that liminal time of waiting at the tomb. There is no service that evening.
     
    Easter Sunday – April 21 
    • Easter Vigil and 1st Eucharist of Easter, 6:00 a.m.
    We begin at the Peace Cross with new fire in the darkness. The Paschal Candle leads us into the Nave for the Vigil. Following stories of salvation history, choral anthems, and a baptism by candlelight, we celebrate the rising of the Son with our Easter Acclamation and the first Festal Eucharist of the day.
    • Festival Worship: 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and in Spanish at 11:15 a.m. in the Little Sanctuary at St. Albans School
    • Easter Egg Hunt, 10:15 a.m. (No Sunday School) 
    There are two hunts: one in the Playground for children up to age 5 and one at the Peace Cross for older elementary school-aged children. Each egg contains a fake $1 bill, which our children then “donate” to one of three international mission schools. After that, the kids receive their candy – and the parish donates actual dollars accordingly.

    Easter is a lovely time to remember loved ones with flowers. Remembrances, celebrations and honors will be through April 15. Please call or email Robin Rudd at 202-237-1090 or call Janet Geli at 202-686-9016.