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

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.

Passover and Holy Week 2011

by Kathryn Pharr
Monday in Holy Week
Jeremiah 12:1-16 Psalms 51, 69:1-23 Philippians 3:1-14 John 12:9-19
The weeks of preparation are complete. The house has been cleaned from top to bottom; everything is now in its proper place. Eager faces smile at each other from across the table as the first cup of wine is poured. The ritual, the story, begins again as it has every year for centuries. It is the story of the Exodus, the struggle and hope of the Jews for freedom. With cries of, “Next year in Jerusalem,” it is a joyous and reflective evening. Tonight is the beginning of Pesach, Passover.
The parallels of Passover and Easter are strong. Both are bittersweet stories of trial and struggles that end in hope. Both religions arduously prepare for these holy days. In our scripture, Jesus is in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover; Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper happen at a Seder, the meal of Passover. St. John’s often celebrates a Seder meal as a reminder of the Judeo roots of Christianity.
This Holy Week is our final chance to prepare for the greatest Christian holiday: Easter. For forty days, we have tried to prepare ourselves by abstaining, praying, and numerous other activities. Lent has given us a quiet opportunity to reflect on what we need to do to be ready to receive the Risen Lord.
Just as things are put in order for a Seder, so we must arrange ourselves to be the willing receivers of the coming good news. To do this, we need to make time. Delve into the full experience of Holy Week in the coming days: the humbleness of Maundy Thursday, the chance to grieve on Good Friday, and the anticipation of Holy Saturday. Each of these days is crucial to fully participate in the exuberance of Easter Sunday.

Table set for Passover (Image from Wikimedia Commons)

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