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.
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April 3, 2023, Monday in Holy Week

Cherry blossom season is always one of our favorite times of the year. Despite being dormant for most of the preceding year, the eager anticipation of the blossoms flourishing into peak bloom provides a wholesome fulfillment of joy and exaltation that can only be experienced by witnessing such magnificent rebirth.

Perhaps because the symbolism is so similar, or perhaps because cherry blossom season closely coincides with the Lenten season, we often reflect on how similiar the seasons are to each other. We ponder how wonderful it is to celebrate the resurrection of Christ as we celebrate the rebirth of the cherry blossoms.

“Thus says God, the Lord,
Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread out the earth and what comes from it…”
[Isaiah 42]

For us Christians, Lent is our time of renewal; and we are filled with anticipation of the blooming of Christ risen from the dead. Of course, we should not wait for the annual bloom to celebrate the rebirth of Christ; but having the cherry blossoms flourish and fill the air with a beautiful perfume fragrance reinforces the Gospel. Such an important time is a wonderful reminder of our time to celebrate the renewal of our relationship with Christ. Even more wonderfully, we are reminded how we should anticipate the rising of Christ, as we anticipate the blooming of the blossoms. This is our opportunity to grow and do what we can to become better Christians, more perfect in the eyes of God.

Also, like the cherry blossoms, we must always remember that we are imperfect, that we will blossom and grow in our own time. Yet we also, like the blossoms, will always in God’s eyes be accepted as we are.

John and Emily Lucio

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