• Welcome

    The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C. honors the patron saint of civil servants. The Cathedral plays a major role in the Catholic life of the nation’s capital read more »

  • God’s House in Words & Photos

    Take an online tour of the cathedral church of the Archdiocese of Washington.

  • The Cathedral Great Organ

    The Cathedral has a magnificent French Romantic Lively-Fulcher organ that is played at our liturgies and featured in concerts and recitals that are free and open to the public.

  • That All May Be One in Christ

    Our 175th Parish Anniversary Celebration began with an Ecumenical Prayer Service with a rousing guest preacher, a musical Gospel reflection, and the voices of our Schola Cantorum.

  • Sharing the Joy of the Gospel

    Celebrate our 175th Parish Anniversary by taking a deeper look into our Patron Saint’s Gospel!

  • Holy Week at the Cathedral

    Holy Week includes a blessing of palms by Cardinal Wuerl on the Cathedral steps on Palm Sunday, and the annual Chrism Mass on Monday of Holy Week.  View the schedule.

What’s New

Lenten Penance Service at 12:10pm Today

Come for our Lenten Penance Service, Come Home for Easter at 12:10pm today, Tuesday, March 31, with over a dozen confessors. There are no 12:10pm Mass and no 11am Confessions today.

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Holy Week at the Cathedral

Tuesday of Holy Week, March 31

Wednesday of Holy Week, April 1

  • 7:00am: Mass
  • 7:30am: Morning Prayer, St. Anthony Chapel
  • 8:00am: Mass
  • 11:00am to Noon: Confessions 
  • 12:10pm: Mass
  • 5:30pm: Mass
  • 6:15pm to 7:15pm: Confessions 
  • 7:30pm: Tenebræ (choir)

The Paschal Triduum

Holy Thursday, April 2[title]

  • 9:00am: Morning Prayer, St. Anthony Chapel
  • 11:00am to Noon: Confessions (English & Spanish) )
  • 12:10pm: Mass of The Lord’s Supper, Rev. Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson, V.F. (Contemporary Choir)
  • 5:30pm: Solemn Mass Of The Lord's SupperDonald Cardinal Wuerl (Schola Cantorum)
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10PM
  • 9:45pm:  Night Prayer

Good Friday, April 3

  • 9:00am: Morning Prayer, St. Anthony Chapel
  • 11:00am to Noon: Confessions (English & Spanish) 
  • Noon: Reflections on the Lord's Passion (Rev. Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ, Schola Cantorum)
  • 1:00pm: Liturgy of the Lord's PassionDonald Cardinal Wuerl (Schola Cantorum)
  • 4:00pm: Liturgia de la Pasión de N.S. Jesucristo, Adoración de la Santa Cruz, Y Santa Comunión, Rev. Rafael Barbieri
  • 7:30pm: Stations of the Cross (in English)

Holy Saturday, April 4

  • 9:00am: Morning Prayer, St. Anthony Chapel
  • 11:00am to Noon: Confessions (English & Spanish)
  • Noon to 7:00pm: No Masses during the day. The Cathedral is closed & reopens at 7:00pm
  • 8:00pm: Easter Vigil Mass, Donald Cardinal Wuerl (Schola Cantorum)

Solemnity of the Resurrection of The Lord,
April 5

  • 7:00am Mass - Rev. Ismael N. Ayala
  • 8:30am Mass - Rev. John J. Hurley (cantor)
  • 10:00am Mass (English) - Donald Cardinal Wuerl (Schola Cantorum)
  • 11:30am Mass - Rev. Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson (interpreted for the deaf)
  • 1:00pm Mass - Rev. Rafael Barbieri (en español)
  • 5:30pm Mass - Very Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS (Contemporary Choir)
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175th Anniversary Address by Cardinal Seán O’Malley

An address in celebration of the 175th Anniversary of St. Matthew’s Parish will be given by His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley on Sunday, April 26 at 3pm at the Cathedral (Sign Language Interpreted). All are invited to attend this free event and the reception following the address. View the flyer.

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