Liturgical Ministries

Communion Ministry (EMCs)

EMCs, as “extraordinary” ministers of Communion, assist priests and deacons with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and to the sick and homebound in their places of residence. Whether at Mass or in other special situations, the minister enables the recipient to share more deeply in the Body of Christ and experience the great love of the Triune God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Lector Ministry

Lectors are special liturgical ministers whose principal duty is to serve the community by proclaiming the readings from Scripture during liturgies such as the Liturgy of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours and on other special occasions when readings from Scripture are included.

Liturgies with Cardinal Wuerl

The Archbishop of Washington, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, presides at many Cathedral liturgies during the year. All are invited and encouraged to participate in these episcopal liturgies when our Archbishop presides as the Shepherd of the faithful.  Frequently, the Cardinal presides at the following liturgies:

Music Ministry

The Cathedral serves a large multi-cultural and inter-generational congregation of worshipers from throughout the metropolitan Washington area. It also welcomes many visitors from across the nation and around the world. As the mother church of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Cathedral offers a rich variety of liturgical music to serve this diverse urban congregation.

Server Ministry

Servers have been a long-standing form of service in the liturgy. Their duties emanate from those traditionally performed by the deacon. Any male or female parishioner who has reached the age of 11 and has completed the necessary training may serve.