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.


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.


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.

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

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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.

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 than that because Jesus then goes to the Garden of Gethsemane. After the food and fellowship, there is now only agony and abandonment. Jesus, both human and divine, knows what awaits him. He asks whether the cup might pass from him. But he accepts that God’s will is what counts. And while he prays, the apostles sleep.

This transition from the triumph, surrounded by crowds, of the first part of the week, to the tragedy, abandoned by almost everyone, of Good Friday and Holy Saturday, takes place at this point on Thursday night.

We know what is to come, as does Jesus, but that makes it no easier. Future hope is important, but present pain is right here, right now. Jesus, God, understands, feels all that. One of the final elements of the human experience that he undergoes as part of his incarnation.

When we are at our lowest, Jesus is there–because he has been there in Gethsemane, that Thursday evening, and that Friday on the cross. He understands, he knows.

The Rev. William Morris

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