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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 

Weekly In-person Sunday Service Schedule (Please note: Service times may be changed during the seasons of Christmas and Lent and during the summer. Please refer to our calendar to confirm the times.):

8 a.m. (English) in the Church
9 a.m. (English) in the Church
11:15 a.m. (English) in the Church
11:15 a.m. (Spanish) in Nourse Hall (same building as the Church)

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. 

Weekly Live Sunday Services are live-streamed on our Youtube channel (St. Alban's DC) at 9 a.m. every Sunday, as is our Spanish service at 11:15 a.m. 

Evening Prayer Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom, join us for a time of reflection and sharing at the close of your busy day. Contact Paul Brewster for the link. 



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, we believe that a child’s spiritual growth is just as important as their physical and intellectual growth. Our goal is to help children name and value the presence and love of God in their lives. We do this through a variety of means – by providing stable and consistent adult mentors, encouraging strong peer relationships, and supporting parents in their families’ faith lives at home.

Worship: This Fall, Children's Chapel meets during the first half of the 9:00 a.m. service in Nourse Hall (a spacious parish hall in the same building as the main worship space.) Kids and families join "big church" at the Peace so everyone can receive Communion together. To learn more, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.

Education: We've resumed our formation programs for the 2022-2023 period. Here’s everything you need to know:

  • Sunday School and Youth Group Classes are from 10:15 to 11:05 a.m.
  • Nursery, 2s & 3s, PreK to 1st Grade, 2nd to 3rd Grade, and 4th to 6th Grade all meet upstairs in Satterlee Hall. Youth classes meet downstairs in Satterlee Hall.
  • If you haven’t registered your child or teen yet, it’s not too late. Register in person at the start of class or click here

Questions? For children, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin at . For youth, contact the Rev’d Yoimel González Hernández at .

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.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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All Saints' Day

Series: Pentecost

Speaker: The Rev. Matthew Hanisian

“Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’” 

Each time I have read this passage from John’s gospel this week a different verse or phrase has jumped out.  Which is frustrating when trying to figure out what to preach about.  But, scripture can be like that. 

The one sentence that has resurfaced more than the others, however, is the last sentence: “Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."  And when a verse catches one’s ear like that several times, one should pay attention….because scripture can be like THAT sometimes too. 

Jesus performs perhaps his greatest miracle in this passage.  Raising Lazarus from the dead is a fairly well-known story—I mean, it isn’t every day that someone is raised from the dead.  In fact, Jesus was the last one to be raised from the dead and that was over 2,000 years ago…and the story of Jesus is the greatest story ever told.  So, no wonder the raising of Lazarus from the dead ALSO sticks out a bit. 

Now, today we are celebrating the feast of All Saint’s.  This is one of the six major feast days of the church year.  The other five are: Easter Day, Christmas Day, Epiphany, Pentecost and Trinity Sunday.  All Saint’s Day celebrates the lives of ALL of the saints—those known and unknown—who have been reunited with God in heaven through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Soooo the raising of Lazarus is a FANTASTIC story for today, don’t you think?  I can see there are doubts.  Well, let’s unpack this a bit and see if our minds can be changed.  

If you take the story of Lazarus that we have this morning, and you look for the commonality between that story and the definition I just gave of All Saint’s Day (celebrates the lives of ALL of the saints—those known and unknown—who have been reunited with God in heaven through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ) there are two intersections—two common points. 

Those two common points are: Jesus and death. 

Let’s dig in.  All Saint’s Day celebrates the reunion of the saints with God in heaven, right?.  How is that accomplished?  Through the DEATH and resurrection of JESUS.  

In the LAZARUS story, how is God glorified and the point made about Jesus being the son of God?  Through JESUS defeating DEATH and raising his friend Lazarus who had been dead—D-E-A-D, dead—for four days— The King James Version of the bible puts it oh-so poetically about how long Lazarus has been dead—Martha says, “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”  Through defeating death and raising Lazarus from death and giving him life afresh, Jesus shows the almighty power and heart-starting love of God.  

Without JESUS Lazarus doesn’t get raised from the dead.  In fact, a couple of verses earlier in John’s gospel, Jesus actually gets news three or four days earlier that his friend is about to die and ON PURPOSE Jesus waits to go to Lazarus.  You see, without Lazarus dying, Jesus does not get to perform this miracle.  

He brings Lazarus back to life so that God may be glorified, AND so that the crowd of people witnessing this miracle might BELIEVE…and that believing in Jesus and the eternal life that he brings that WE ALSO….might have life eternal.  Near the end of John’s gospel the author confesses why it is that he has written these things down, “But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31 

So the two common points in both the gospel passage and our celebration of All Saint’s Day are Jesus and Death. 

We don’t GET the saints being reunited with God in heaven unless JESUS DIES.  More importantly to us here today, WE don’t get raised from the dead and get to have life eternal without Jesus…and our own death. 

I will also note that these two common points of Jesus and Death are two topics that in our world, in our society are almost taboo.  If someone came up to you on the street and said, “Hey, let me talk to you about Jesus,” you would probably be a bit uncomfortable.  Substitute “death” now for “Jesus” in the same scenario.  You’d probably be reaching for your phone to dial 911.  

As CHRISTIANS we don’t have to fear death. As CHRISTIANS we no longer have to be terrified of death. Why?  JESUS!  Death is not the end for us—the end for us is what those saints who have gone before us are experiencing now:  being reunited with the God who created them, knew them, and loves them anyway…for all eternity.  Now THAT’S some Good News! 

Want some more Good News?   Today, we are going to make three more Christians.  Madeline, Eleanor and Caroline are going to be baptized today.  Today, the Holy Spirit with parents and godparents and us gathered…we are going to give them the gift of eternal life so that THEY don’t have to be afraid of death, or even of Jesus. 

That brings me back to the phrase that caught my ear from the gospel story this morning.  When Jesus commands the people gathered around the tomb, “Unbind him and let him go.”   In that moment when Jesus commands the crowd to unbind Lazarus, he is also unbinding them—AND US TODAY—from our fear, from the certainty of death being our end, even from our unbelief. 

Part of what we are doing this morning in baptizing Madeline, Caroline, and Eleanor is that we are unbinding them.  We are unbinding them from the fear of the finality of their death.  We are unbinding them from ever being alone—because we are binding them to one another and to us their Christian family.  AND we are making promises to them—the same promises that were made at OUR baptisms by those who were gathered on that day when WE were given that SAME gift of eternal life. The promise that carries the most weight in my mind is when the celebrant asks the congregation: “Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?”  WE WILL WITH GOD’S HELP. 

That means that when Eleanor, or Caroline, or Madeline finds herself stuck and bound up by any of the myriad ways that we as humans can bind ourselves up—we’re pretty darn good at that—we have a responsibility to each of them to help unbind her and let her go.  We now have a responsibility to these three little girls--and guess what--we have that same responsibility to one another…to each of us here today.  And we have that responsibility to and for ourselves.  Each of us will need help unbinding ourselves, just as Lazarus whose hands, feet and face were tied up.  We get tied up too.  

When we see our brother and sister in Christ bound to something that separates them from the love of God, we are to help UNbind that person.  We are bound together by the love of God.  We need to help that person become unbound, so that he or she can be freed and be let go.  And when we do THAT, we are living more fully into our baptismal covenant.  Through our baptism we are bound together in love as Christians.  And when, with God’s help, we unbind someone….we are helping to give that gift of new life. 

  And “Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him and let him go.’” 

In the name of the Father who IS Love,
In the name of Jesus who unbinds us and gives us eternal life,
And in the name of the Holy Spirit who binds us all together in love,