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 7, 2023, Good Friday

On Good Friday we meditate on the cross. The gospel accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion are unvarnished. It is painful to read about the harm inflicted on Jesus or the suffering he underwent. It is also painful to imagine what it was like for his mother, Mary, or his friends and followers who were powerless to protect him.

Amazingly, while Jesus was being killed in such a brutal and humiliating way, he said, “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” On the cross, the worst of the world is met and overcome with the best of God.

This can be thought of as a moment of rock bottom for the world, a moment when the worst has come and a new direction is about to take hold. Something better is about to come.

But not yet.

Today, it is still Good Friday. Jesus’ pain is real today. Knowing this, we can be certain that our God is not a stranger to loss, betrayal, heartbreak, and suffering.

Only by lingering here now will we be able to fully grasp the power of what is about to unfold in three days, when Easter finally arrives.

The Rev. Robert W. Fisher, Rector

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