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During the daytime, “Seeing Deeper” provides a fresh look at the building for past visitors and a striking way to view the building for first-time sightseers. The openness shows the nave as cathedrals looked during medieval times and opens striking vantages on the restoration work in the balconies and “above the netting.” On select mornings, photographers are invited to visit before public hours to capture the space. Learn more here.
Friday, January 17thThe Expanse of Eternity - Concert
7:00pm - 8:15pm
Canon McCarthy and the professional choir “Cathedra” present a 75-minute concert beginning at 7 pm with the Good Friday “Miserere” by Gregorio Allegri for antiphonal choir and semi-chorus. Through the centuries, cathedrals have been regarded as places of sanctuary and repose. This program builds on that theme and includes Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Requiem, James McMillan’s “Invocation,” “Take Him Earth for Cherishing” by Herbert Howells (written for the death of John F. Kennedy), and concludes with John Tavener’s “Song of Athene” (sung at the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey). All these works reflect throughout the vast empty space of the nave with surrounding and reverberant sound. Read more here.
A Vigil for Seeing Deeper
The week concludes with a vigil to awake and “see deeper” in the new year. The vigil begins at 9:00pm on Friday night and will conclude with closing prayers at 6:00am on Saturday morning. Guests may come for all or part of the all-night vigil to pray, seek inspiration, and listen for the calling of the Holy. The labyrinths and candle reflection stations are open all night. Every hour prayers and guided meditations are led by faith leaders in many traditions, interspersed with contemplative music and silence. Read more here.
Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Wisconsin & Mass Ave basically
Metro: Dupont Circle and bus along Mass Ave or take the metro to Tenleytown and take any of the 30 line buses, which run often, south along Wisconsin Ave. You can also wait for the 96 line to McLean Gardens (which doesn't run often) from the Woodley Park metro to the intersection of Woodley Rd and Connecticut.