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.
Pathways Through Lent

Friday in the Third Week of Lent 2020

Greetings from the Editors of Pathways through Lent!

Many of the reflections for this Lenten season were written by gifted members of St. John’s Church weeks ago. We will continue publishing them each day for the wisdom and insight they provide in our Lenten pilgrimage. Many aspects of this season have changed in the light of the pandemic and the adjustments in our private and shared lives. Where we have space for new reflections related to these developments, we will include them as well.

The daily lectionary is composed to reflect on the past Sunday during the beginning of the week and to anticipate the coming Sunday later in the week. So also today: Hosea promises that God will heal, and Jesus affirms in Mark that loving God and each other is the key to all laws. These passages anticipate this coming Sunday: March 22 will be Laetare (Rejoice) Sunday, 4th Sunday in Lent, 21 days before Easter, sometimes called Rose Sunday. The old Catholic and Episcopal custom was to switch from purple to rose vestments for this Sunday. The lessons anticipate Easter joy in the midst of Lenten observance: Remembrance of the promises for David’s kingdom and a Gospel lesson about seeing the light, about Jesus taking away blindness.

What a novel time we live in! May Pathways continue to offer opportunities for reflection and pause in the midst of restrictions.

Sara McGanity and Jack Reiffer

Links to the appointed readings for today:

Hosea 14:1–9

Psalm 81:8–14

Mark 12:28–34