Cathedral Crossroads

Cathedral Crossroads, an evening of contemplative practice, is free and open to the public on the last Tuesday of each month.

Participants come to walk the labyrinth, attend the Centering Prayer gathering, receive laying on of hands for healing or simply sit in the twilight quiet of the nave listening to the strains of harp and Native American flute music that accompanies the labyrinth walks.

Program Schedule

6–7 pm Centering Prayer in the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage
6:30–9 pm Labyrinth Walk accompanied by harpist in the nave
6:30–8:30 pm Laying on of Hands for Healing in Holy Spirit Chapel
7:30–8:30 pm Special Program
8:45–9 pm Compline in the Great Choir


Upcoming Crossroads Evenings

August 26, 2014 6 PM

Going Out, Going In: Nature, Poetry, and the Spiritual Journey

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An evening of contemplative practice on the last Tuesday of each month; free and open to the public. General offerings 6 pm to 8:45 pm; special program 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

Special Program

Going Out, Going In: Nature, Poetry, and the Spiritual Journey
Terri Lynn Simpson

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
—John Muir

Explore the wisdom of nature expressed in the images of poetry as Terri Lynn Simpson helps us discover how going into the world and paying attention to the landscape around us can offer stepping stones for our spiritual journey. Enter into the process of going out and going in through your own words and experiences as well as the words and experiences of poets Mary Oliver, Charles Wright, and others. Meet in Bethlehem Chapel.

September 30, 2014 6 PM

A Body of Prayer

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An evening of contemplative practice on the last Tuesday of each month; free and open to the public. General offerings 6 pm to 8:45 pm; special program 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

Special Program

A Body of Prayer
Kathy Gracenin

Using movement, meditation and metaphor, this unique experience offers you the opportunity to awaken your innate body wisdom, align with the Divine, and be grace-full! Join dancer Kathy Gracenin as we get in touch with the wisdom and gifts of our internal cathedrals in the depths of Washington National Cathedral, exploring the intimate sanctuary of bones, blood and breath: a sacred place where we can partner the Holy One on the dance floor of our hearts. Movement, music, and poetry guide us as we travel the inner landscape to cultivate our prayers Meet in St. Joseph’s Chapel.

Parking at the Cathedral

Parking in the Cathedral’s underground garage is free on Sundays for services and organ recitals; parking for concerts and programs is available for an event-parking fee. Learn more about parking options for individuals and groups.