Washington National Cathedral is delighted to welcome back acolytes from across the diocese and the country to celebrate this vital ministry of service and faith. The day begins with as acolytes, servers, clergy and vergers join in the longest and most colorful procession imaginable—the Grandest of Processions–as we prepare to gather around Christ’s table for a festival Holy Eucharist.
Following the service, participants are invited to spend the afternoon exploring the Cathedral and joining a variety of workshops. Perfect your thurible techniques, create a liturgical streamer, take a look at Cathedral treasures, and hear from Cathedral clergy about their own years of acolyte service.
Lunch will be available for purchase or you are welcome to bring your own. The festival is a time-honored tradition for many congregations, and we are eager for your return this fall as we also welcome those making their first pilgrimage to the Cathedral.