On Monday, April 16, DC Emancipation Day, the Cathedral will open at 7:30am and close at 1pm, and the parish offices will be closed, in observance of the public holiday.
Our Eucharistic Holy Hour, normally scheduled for the third Monday of the month, will be held instead on Monday, April 23, 6 to 7pm.
Emancipation Day is a holiday in Washington DC to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act, which president Abraham Lincoln signed on April 16, 1862. It is annually held on April 16. People celebrate the end of slavery and citizens' rights on Emancipation Day in the United States