Eucharist (Registration required): 8am, 5:30pm
Watch the 8am livestream
Ashes will be distributed outside from 8:30-9:30 and 6-7pm on 36th Street. Registration is not necessary, masks are.
Please note: The Archdiocese has mandated that ashes will be sprinkled on the crown of the head (in the hair) instead of tracing a cross on the forehead in an effort to reduce touch and the need for sanitization. Sprinkling ashes on the crown of the head is a more ancient method of ash distribution and is still practiced widely in various parts of the world. Ash Wednesday has never been a holy day of obligation and the reception of ashes is not obligatory.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturdays, 4:30-5:15pm, Chapel
Confessions are celebrated at 4:30-5:15pm in the Chapel of St. Ignatius. Rather than entering through the main chapel doors, please continue into the East Garden using the path and use the single door on the left to enter.
Guide to Confession
Stations of the Cross
Fridays, 6pm, Zoom
Pray the Stations of the Cross through a modern lens each Friday of Lent at 6pm on Zoom. (Meeting ID: 830 0432 8015 Passcode: 485804 Or dial in: +1 301-715-8592)
February 19 — Stations on the Way to Racial Justice
February 26 — Ignatian Way of the Cross
March 5 — The Way of the Cross Leads to Freedom
March 12 — Stations of the Cross for Healing and Atonement for Abuse
March 19 — Stations with Migrants and Refugees
March 26 — Stations with Oscar Romero and Youth
- March 28, 10 am — A Sunday Stations of the Cross from the Perspective of Children. Registration required.
Praying in Sacred Space: Lent
Saturdays, 4-5pm, (Join the Zoom at 3:50pm)
You are invited to pray with the upcoming Lenten Sunday readings in a way St. Ignatius introduces us to in the Spiritual Exercises. During the hour, savor the contemplative silence, grow in sensitivity to your interior movements, and share with others who are seeking God's presence during this season of Lent. Come to one session or to many! Join the Zoom. (Meeting ID: 918 323 696; Password: 546367; or call +1 301 715 8592).
Young Adult Community Lenten Contemplative Faith Sharing
February 18, 7-8pm. Register to receive the link.
As the season of Lent begins, the YACs gather to pray with a guided Ignatian contemplation on scripture and share their insights and experiences.
Contemplating Justice: We Are One Body
February 23 and March 23, 7pm. Join the Zoom.
Lent is a season of reconciliation. As our city, country, and church communities navigate civil, political, and religious discord, we hear an invitation from God to our true identity as one human family. To support our living out that true identity, all are invited to gather and pray with themes of solidarity and human unity at the Contemplating Justice prayer series. Drawing from our Ignatian tradition and the inspiration of Pope Francis’s recent encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, we will be guided in prayer by Rebecca Hoesterey and Catherine Heinhold. Following the prayer, there will be time for reflection and sharing. If you've missed a session and would like to pray with the texts we used, visit our web page.
A Lenten Retreat: Drawn from the Spiritual Exercises
Please pray for the retreatants and directors who are making this six-week retreat.
Good Friday Stations of the Cross Interfaith Walk. April 2, 12-1:30pm
The Georgetown Clergy have organized an interfaith silent walk throughout Georgetown to remember the saints, living and dead, the fruit that racism has borne in our neighborhood, how the dead stand witness to the living today, and how Jesus stands in the midst. Participants will begin at Holy Rood Cemetery and stop at 12 points to hear scripture and reflect. The walk will conclude at Mt. Zion UMC Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles). There are opportunities to read scripture, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
Additional Lenten Events & Resources
- Adult Faith Formation Lenten resources and Family Lenten resources
- Ignatian Solidary Network 2021 Lenten Series
ISN's 2021 Lenten series Steadfast: A Call to Love, invites writers to help us to remain steadfast in our work for justice, renewing each day throughout Lent our commitment to care for both our fellow human beings and our common home. The series features writers including Fr. Greg Boyle, Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Fr. James Martin, Fr. Bryan Massingale, Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, Sr. Norma Pimentel, and Olga Segura. Subscribe to this free series today!
- 400 Minutes 4 Refugees: A Lenten Challenge – Join JRS/USA in their Lenten challenge, 400 Minutes 4 Refugees, by offering 10 minutes of your day to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in solidarity with refugees for the 40 days of Lent. The challenge starts on Ash Wednesday, February 17. You can sign up here.
- Stations of the Cross – Use JRS/USA’s Stations of the Cross to accompany Jesus on his journey, as we watch and pray over displaced people around the world. (We don’t have an event link up yet, but we will have a virtual live event with Fr. James Martin on March 12 at 2pm ET as he prays the Stations with JRS/USA.)
- Lenten Online Retreats & Prayer Opportunities
"Live" virtual retreats and prayer gatherings as well as email reflections series, podcasts, and apps are listed on this page.