Ash Wednesday

Wed., March 6, 2019 (All day) ·

Our Lenten Journey Begins! 

Invitation from the Rector

Each year on Ash Wednesday, we are reminded that all we see and experience in our world will pass away. Our only hope is in the Lord, who will rescue and bring us to eternal life in Him. While we battle with the trials and sufferings of this world, God is constantly there to refresh us. My prayer for you this Lenten season is that you will reach out to the Lord with a spirit renewed through prayer and penance and with an ever-increasing awareness of the power of His love for us. I hope that this Lent will be a time when all of us will grow ever deeper in our love for the Lord Jesus and His Church. 

Please join us at St. Matthew’s Cathedral to experience this season of penance and renewal through liturgies, musical events, prayer, lectures, and other programs. I hope that my staff and I can be of help in providing you with ample opportunities for prayer, study, reflection, and reconciliation here at the Cathedral.      
                                                                              —Rev. Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson, Rector

Ash Wednesday
Masses with the Distribution of Ashes

On March 6, Ash Wednesday, masses with the distribution of ashes will be offered at 7am, 8am, 11am (with cantor),12:10pm (Cardinal Wuerl, with choir; interpreted for the deaf), 1:15pm (with cantor), 5:30pm (with cantor), and 7pm (en español con cantor). There are no confessions on Ash Wednesday. Ashes are not distributed outside of Mass. Stations of the Cross are prayed at 3pm in English and at 8pm en español.

Lenten Brochures
Details on all Lenten Liturgies and Events

Our 2019 Lenten brochures list the schedule of all of our liturgies, lectures, music and other Cathedral events during the holy season of Lent through Easter Sunday. 

To view the Lenten brochure,
click here; for a printable version, click here.
 Para ver el folleto de Cuaresma en español,​
haga clic aquí; para imprimir haga clic aquí.

Stations of the Cross

The Via Crucis is a journey made in the Holy Spirit, the divine fire that burned in the heart of Jesus (cf Luke 12:49-50) and brought him to Calvary. The Stations, in the form adopted by Pope John Paul II, are prayed in English on Fridays at 6pm, and in Spanish on Sundays at 2:15pm throughout Lent (except March 10 and April 14).

Lenten Confessions

On Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8pm, confessions are available in the Cathedral in English and Spanish. On Wednesday of Holy Week, the time is 6pm to 7:15pm. Wednesday evening confessions are in addition to the regularly scheduled confessions (Monday to Friday, 11am to Noon; Saturdays, 4 to 5pm; and Sundays immediately following the 1pm Mass (except on March 10 and April 14), To find confession times at other parishes and for additional resources, visit