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.

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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When Stars Fall

Psalm 97, 99 1 Genesis 49:29–50:14 Corinthians 11:17–34  Mark 8:1–10

Illumined foreseers, the chronos advent An Eastern Star, few divined its portent
Magi and students of that sacred art Perceived at the eyes, an event horizon to start
In that eastern train all the stars of the universe fell Lesser the divinely royal due a traipse foretell
Retuned to life to undo their pagan spell Wreathed in the Holy Spirit with the Good News to tell In the realm of Cain the stars returned; fated as Abel
Clepsydrae sighed an ancient pantheon Predestined for Earth; forgiven anon
Revive our eternal city, Manticus Renew its power again; what have you?
Loxias: a specter recouped, when stars fell Not our power to tell
A venerable nullified one favored by Zeus Whose anguished stars’ flesh
A praetorian’s testimony gained arrows
A laurel trunk bound; target: trunk by arrows once held;
That power known before his star fell Rebirthed by sister; a star re-earthed under equal spell
Venerable exhorted a name once favored by Zeus
Cudgeled; cast into human soil Risen, unharmed by ministered sister
A star felled, too Anew
Both, without divine, into firmament; shine
Anew –Anonymous


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