Palm Sunday, March 29
8:00 a.m. Liturgy of Palms in chapel and Low Mass
10:00 a.m. Liturgy of Palms at Burke Park (across the street) and Procession to the church,
Singing of the Passion, and High Mass
Maundy Thursday, April 2
7:00 p.m. High Mass, Washing of Feet (The Maundy), Procession to the Garden of Gethsemane
(Altar of Repose), Stripping of the Altars and Watch at the Garden.
10:00 p.m. Compline and end of Watch at the Garden
Good Friday, April 3
9:00 a.m. Watch at the Garden until Noon
12:10 p.m. Liturgy of the Word, Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion
6:45 p.m. Evening Prayer and Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday, April 4
8:00 p.m. Great Vigil and First Mass of Easter
Easter Day, April 5
8:00 a.m. Low Mass
10:00 a.m. High Mass
Bible Readings for Sundays and Feast Days
To find the liturgical calendar, the assigned Bible scriptures, for Sundays and Feast days go to The Lectionary Page.
You are invited
Thanks for visiting the Ascension and Saint Agnes website. You can also follow the parish on Facebook.
Gather up some friends and visit in person in downtown Washington. You will be warmly welcomed. Feel free to participate as your feel comfortable. We have found that over time, we have come to love this place where together we experience Christ. We have found a sacred and unique experience, beautiful music, and great friendships We've found quiet and peace here. We hope that you too, over time, will find what you're looking for here.
Plan to stay after Mass for coffee hour, refreshments, and conversation.
About our community
Ascension and St. Agnes is a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Our congregation comprises families and individuals of all ages and from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences. We come from both the immediate neighborhood and from the larger Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Whoever you are and wherever you are in your spiritual life, Ascension and Saint Agnes Parish will welcome you.
Christ is in our midst.
Picture of the week
History of Holy Week
The history of Holy Week extends back to the early fourth century. Bishop Cyril of Jerusalem is credited with being the first bishop to enact formal liturgies for Holy Week. Within his lifetime, Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, commissioned the building of a basilica over the top of what was believed to be the place where Christ was crucified and resurrected. (The historical accuracy of this site is questioned.) This building became the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It was the site in which Bishop Cyril enacted the Holy Week liturgies right at the place where it is believed that our Lord lived his final days.
Holy Week is a journey through the last days of Christ. We begin with the triumphal entry into Jerusalem where the people wave palm branches in celebration of the one they hope will be their king. On this same day, we hear the Passion Gospel, which reminds us of what is to come through the next week. On Thursday, we celebrate the Last Supper that Christ had with his disciples. At this supper, he surprised them by washing their feet as a servant would do. This year, we will have an open invitation for anyone to have their feet washed who wishes. (So, please wear appropriate footwear.) Good Friday is a somber day in which we remember Christ's Passion on the Cross to save the whole world. Then on Saturday, we celebrate our first Easter service with the lighting of the new fire, the reading of Scripture and the first Easter Mass. This year, we are so delighted to have a baptism as well! Then, we continue our Easter celebration on Sunday morning.
Holy Week is the pinnacle of the year for Christians. I hope that you can make it to as many services as possible. I know that you will be richly blessed!
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email Fthr. Shawn at email@example.com.
Rite of Reconciliation
Rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent (also known as Confession) -- The invitation to observe a Holy Lent given on Ash Wednesday exhorts us to “self examination and re-pentance.” One means which the Church has provided for this self-examination and repentance is the Rite of Reonciliation of a Penitent, perhaps better known as Confession. If you have any questions or would like to partake of this rite, please contact Fr. Shawn to make an appointment. You can contact him at 202-347-8161 or s.strout2@verizon. net