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Washington, DC, August 25, 2011

Continued Precaution at Washington National Cathedral

Cathedral to Remain Closed for Safety; Sunday Services to be Relocated to Washington Hebrew Congregation


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Washington, D.C.—For continued safety and out of an abundance of caution, Washington National Cathedral officials are taking preliminary steps to secure a perimeter around the building and the damage incurred from Tuesday’s earthquake as engineers and stone masons continue assessments. Additionally, in anticipation of the potential effects of Hurricane Irene this weekend, the Cathedral building will remain closed at least through Sunday, September 4. In place of its regular four worship services, a service of Holy Eucharist will be held at Washington Hebrew Congregation at 11:15 am on Sunday, August 28, and Sunday, September 4.

“As a living community of faith, we regret very much not being able to open for services this coming Sunday, but the need to take every measure to ensure safety and to mitigate the effects of any further damage from storm weather are our first priorities at this time,” said Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III. “Rest assured that our team is exploring every possibility in securing the grounds and has told us to practice an abundance of precaution so that the Cathedral can soon welcome visitors and worshipers again in a safe, sacred setting. We are thankful to Washington Hebrew Congregation and Rabbi Bruce Lustig for inviting us to hold services there for the next two Sundays.”

Fencing and protective perimeters will be installed by the weekend to protect staff, workers, and the public, and to secure the grounds around the Cathedral. The team of engineers, architects, and stone masons is continuing its assessment of the course of action to be taken the following week with the goal of re-opening the Cathedral to the public as soon as possible.

The Cathedral announced yesterday that its commemoration of the tenth anniversary of September 11, “A Call to Compassion” is expected to move forward as planned, including a performance of the Brahms Requiem on Friday, September 9, by the Marine Chamber Orchestra and the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters with the Cathedral Choir and “A Concert for Hope,” the evening of Sunday, September 11, featuring artists Denyce Graves, Alan Jackson, and Patti LaBelle.

SOURCE: Washington National Cathedral

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