The Festal Mass, which begins at 10:30 AM, is our principal liturgical celebration, our main service.
Low Masses or Said Masses--we like to call them Quiet Masses—are celebrated on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM and on Sundays at 8:00 AM. They are spoken rather than sung. They are relatively intimate. The Wednesday Quiet Mass lasts about 30 minutes. The Sunday Quiet Mass lasts about 40 minutes.
When you arrive, you will be greeted by an usher and given a Mass bulletin for the day. Please feel free to sit anywhere in the church. Feel free also to participate as you are comfortable. The bulletin will provide some guidance and some explanation. Let yourself be drawn into the sacred and unique experience. We have come to love this place where, together, we encounter Christ. We have found inspiring music, great friendships, deep peace and quiet. We welcome you and hope we will see you here often.
What to Bring Just yourself and your friends—and hope!
What to Wear What you wear to Mass is of little importance. What is important is you, not what you are wearing. You will notice a variety of dress. Wear whatever helps you to pray.
What to Say Although there are usually conversations in the narthex (the transitional space between the outside and the nave, the main body of the church), we are inclined to keep a reverent silence as we kneel or sit waiting for Mass to begin. You may also notice many of our parishioners show reverence (with a gentle bow or on bended knee) the presence of Christ in what we call the Blessed Sacrament kept in the tabernacle (the ornate box) on the high altar. After Mass, people do greet one another, although we try to be respectful of those who stay to pray and take our conversations outside or downstairs to the parish hall.
Receiving Communion All baptized Christians are welcome to receive communion.
✜ Contact ✜ Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes 1215 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Parish Office: 1219 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 347-8161 Email