On Writing/"Unexpected Song" - Bernadette Peters
A Frantic Week

More from the Washington National Cathedral

First post here.

View from the Great Choir.
The altar.


View from the back of the nave.  They were getting ready to have a wedding.

View of the Washington Monument from the tower.


Don't you just love flying buttresses...



...and vaulted ceilings?!


I love the hummingbird door knocker. 


There were a number of smaller chapels in the lower level of the Cathedral.  This is the Resurrection Chapel.

They had a wonderful gift shop in the lower level of the Cathedral.  I know a few good Catholic bookstores.  Although I know that the Episcopalian population is far smaller, I still have been surprised that I haven't even found a good Episcopalian bookstore online - much less in person.  The bookstore in the Cathedral was wonderful.  I had a few minutes before Evensong to look, and I knew I could find lots of books I'd like to get.  The other things in the gift store were interesting too.  How was I going to decide?  We weren't going to have much time.

That's because we went to Evensong (which was a prayer service.  No singing).  Evensong was held in the Bethlehem Chapel.*  There was one regular, two other visitors, the five of us, and the church member who lead Evensong.  It's very simple - prayers, a psalm, a reading from the Gospel, the Apostle's Creed, etc. 

It was also wonderful.  As much as I enjoyed touring the Cathedral, it's meant for worship.  Evensong was the best part of the vacation. 

After Evensong, we spent a few more minutes in the gift store, but, by then, I no longer wanted to buy anything.  I already got what I needed (and I know that sounds sappy, but it's true).


* I didn't get any good pictures of the Bethlehem Chapel, but on the Cathedral website they have wonderful virtual tours of the major parts of the Cathedral.



Gorgeous! I love, love, love the first picture. Fabulous.


I took two photos of the Bethlehem Chapel deliberately to surprise you (I rushed/snuck back down there afterward to take them), and then I forgot to e-mail them to you. I'll do it now.

M Light

Thank you, both! The first picture was fun to take.

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