WELCOME TO SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH

Welcome to St. John's Church, Lafayette Square—a vibrant historic Episcopal church located across from the White House. We invite you to join with us for worship, Christian fellowship and outreach.

History

From our organization as a parish in 1815 to today, St. John's Church has provided a powerful symbol of faith in the heart of our nation's capital.

Mission

At St. John's, we believe Christ is calling us to be a renewed church in a changing world. In worship, education, parish life, and social action, we seek to expand our horizons by serving God by loving one another.

Clergy, Staff, & Vestry

Meet St. John’s diverse and engaging clergy, vestry and staff.

Directions & Parking

Located at the corner of 16th and H Streets in Northwest Washington, St. John's is near the McPherson Square and Farragut North Metro stations. Limited street parking is available; free valet parking is offered for certain hours.
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Pathways Through Lent 2022

Good Friday

There is a mountain range that I once got to hike in New Mexico called the Sangre de Cristo Mountains—the “Blood of Christ” Mountains. It’s an evocative name. The phrase “blood of Christ” is a phrase that many of us Christians have become so.

Maundy Thursday

We think of Maundy Thursday often only in terms of the Last Supper. The fellowship, the foot washing, the lengthy “farewell discourse” in John’s Gospel including the “new commandment”, and, of course, the departure of Judas into the night. But Thursday was about more.

Wednesday in Holy Week

The Gospel reading for today is a challenging one. It centers on Judas’ impending betrayal of Jesus. The writers of Luke and John both attribute Satan entering Judas to help explain why he turned Jesus over to the authorities. For millennia people have wondered.

Tuesday in Holy Week

It’s finally Holy Week. Lent is over. In our church calendar, Jesus has processed into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. The scene is set. Today is the final pause before the beginning of the Passion. Tomorrow is Spy Wednesday, or the day.

Monday in Holy Week

Palm Sunday would not be the same without a processional with palm branches and the singing of “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.” The hymn connects the events of that Sunday with our continuing celebration of Holy Week and Easter: “To thee before thy passion.


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