Thursday, December 27, 2012
The angels will be on display in the Children's Chapel of the Washington National Cathedral through Jan. 6, 2013.
The 20 children who were killed earlier this month at Sandy Hook Elementary School are represented by angels on display at the Washington National Cathedral. The "childlike angels made of paper doilies" are on the altar of the cathedral's Children's Chapel. Each angel is between 8 and 10 inches tall, with white-feather wings and gold-wire halos. They sit on clouds made of fluffy white cotton, according to a cathedral news statement. "These angels are spontaneous presentations made in loving memory of the children lost in Newtown," CT, said Linda Roeckelein, head of the Washington National Cathedral’s Altar Guild, which is made up of more than 100 volunteers. "They all sit in a row on the altar, as if on clouds in [heaven], representing the…
Friday, December 7, 2012
Look for members of the Cathedral Choral Society on Friday at the Dupont Circle Metro.
As you make your way home from work Friday, you may want to consider a detour to the Dupont Circle Metro Station on the Red Line: a group of carolers will be singing at the station's exit. The Cathedral Choral Society has three metro performances planned for the weekend. Friday's caroling event at the Dupont Circle metro station will begin at 6 p.m. at the Q Street entrance/exit and is expected to last an hour. Look for the carolers at the following locations over the weekend: The public caroling precedes the choral group's annual holiday concerts series. The Washington's National Cathedral will be the venue for part of this year's series, The Joy of Christmas. According to a press release, The Joy of Christmas, "features the traditional …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
A book of poetry told by Washington National Cathedral gargoyles was released on Oct. 18.
Local author Jeff Sypeck’s new book, full of poems about the towering bestial gargoyles of Washington National Cathedral, has been released just in time for Halloween and will help raise funds for repairs on the cathedral’s towers that were damaged last year in an earthquake. “Looking Up: Poems from the National Cathedral Gargoyles,” which was officially released Oct. 18, is comprised of 53 medieval folklore style poems, sonnets, soliloquies and songs “all of which are associated with one of the gargoyles or grotesques” on the Washington National Cathedral, said Sypeck. He called his work a “strange little book” that is geared for adult readers who appreciate an old-fashioned approach to poetry. Sypeck said his poems are best read aloud, …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
High above Washington, DC, a crocket stone was hoisted into place, marking the formal start of the post-earthquake restoration of the Washington National Cathedral.
It was just a small, carved stone, but it symbolized so much more. Cheers erupted as a newly carved crocket stone was carefully put into place in the southwest pinnacle of Washington National Cathedral's central tower—the "Gloria in Excelsis" tower—on Thursday afternoon, one year after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook the region. A pulley hoisted the stone from the roof of the tower to near the top of the pinnacle. With all of Washington, DC, at their feet, stone masons Joe Alonso (the cathedral's head mason) and Sean Callaghan guided the stone into place, then shook hands, 676 feet above sea level (according to cathedral facts). (A crocket is a carved stone—often depicting foliage—that projects from a pinnacle, according to New York …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Panels on display include one from St. George’s Cathedral and 'The Last One.'
As part of its rememberence and ministry around HIV/AIDS, the Washington National Cathedral is hosting eight panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt including notable panels "The Last One" and the St. George's Cathedral panel now through July 26. DC is hosting the 19th annual International AIDS Conference July 22-27. "The Last One" has been rarely displayed in public. According to a press release, it was “conveyed for use by the NAMES Project in 1987 without any information or instruction from its creators but a message that remains unmistakable. The panel is both a quiet prayer and a stark reminder of all that we are working to achieve in the battle against HIV/AIDS." The St. George panel was blessed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on June 22 in …
Monday, July 9, 2012
The earthquake that hit the DC region last August caused extensive damage to the monument.
The Washington Monument could remained closed to the public through 2014 as the National Park Services repairs the structure, which was damaged during the August 2011 earthquake, the Washington Post reports. Repairs to the monument are expected to begin in the fall and have been estimated at $15 million. Closer to Georgetown, the Washington National Cathedral is also undergoing repairs caused by the same earthquake. Repairs to the tower pinacles will cost an estimated $20 million.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Celebrate milestones this weekend, whether it's a school's 25th anniversary, the garden tour's 84th year or 73 years of the flower mart at the Cathedral.
1. Key Elementary School's 25th Anniversary Celebration When/Where: Dancing, drinks and live and silent auction all takes place from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the NRECA Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd.; Or, enjoy the potluck picnic with activities, a DJ and giveaways from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the school, 2300 Key Blvd. Why go: Key Elementary School — better known to many as Escuela Key — is celebrating 25 years of great education. Students, teachers, families, siblings and alumni are all invited. And who doesn't love a potluck? Cost: It's free, but RSVP here for the Saturday night event. 2. Georgetown Garden Tour When/Where: Eight homes are featured on the tour and their gardens are open on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The $20 million in post-earthquake costs combined with preexisting restoration needs puts the total monetary requirements of the cathedral at an estimated $50 million.
Monday, February 20, 2012
The D.C. area offers both Mardi Gras spectacles and places to indulge.
Whether you call it Fat Tuesday, Fastnacht Day, Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras or something else entirely, Georgetown and the D.C. region have plenty of options to indulge and celebrate before the Christian fasting season of Lent begins Wednesday. Georgetown and beyond Bayou: Live music and authentic New Orleans-style cuisine will make you feel like you're on Bourbon Street instead of Pennsylvania Avenue. Beginnning at noon there is an all-day buffet, $25 all you can eat/listen. 2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Georgetown Tobacco: Celebrate in style with an authentic Venetian Carnival Mask. The hand-crafted masks are straight out of Italy and made by Franco, a member of the Venice Painters Guild. Pick up in store or online: gttobacco.com. …
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Beginning at midnight New Year's Eve, the bells will peal for 30 minutes.
At midnight New Year's Eve, the Washington National Cathedral will ring its bells for 30 minutes to celebrate the arrival of 2012. The cathedral began this centuries-old tradition when the bells were first installed in 1964, according to a statement from the cathedral. For approximately one hour from 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. the bells will chime in a half-muffled quarter peal to mourn the passing year, which presented significant new challenges for the cathedral after an earthquake severely damaged the monumental structure. Then again at midnight, the bells will ring out for half an hour to celebrate 2012. “The start the New Year echoes the message of Christmas: that hope, peace, and goodwill be with all people,” said the Rev. Canon Jan …