Washington National Cathedral to reopen Nov. 12 with bishop consecration

By ENS staff
Posted Nov 3, 2011

[Episcopal News Service] Washington National Cathedral has announced that it will reopen with a week of events and celebrations beginning with the Nov. 12 invitation-only consecration of the Rev. Mariann Budde as ninth bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

The cathedral has been closed since it sustained damage from a magnitude-5.8 earthquake that struck in Virginia on Aug. 23. The cathedral initially was set to reopen for a weekend of events to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. But after a 500-foot crane erected to stabilize damaged sections on the central tower collapsed on the cathedral grounds on Sept. 7, the 9/11 events were moved to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the plans to reopen the building were postponed.

On Nov. 13, the cathedral will celebrate its first Sunday Holy Eucharist since the August earthquake and Budde will be officially seated during the service, which is open to the public.

“The balance of the week will be filled with concerts, worship services, programs, and opportunities for the public to explore the inside of the cathedral again,” a cathedral press release noted.

Highlights will include the “All Souls’ Requiem,” on Nov. 14, when the cathedral choir will perform Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem; an “Interfaith Conference Concert,” on Nov. 15, featuring sacred songs and chant representing the Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Protestant, and Sikh faith communities; and a concert Nov. 19 featuring the cathedral’s chamber music ensemble in a program called “East Meets West.”

The reopening of the cathedral also will mark the start of a new single point of entry process for entering the building, the release said. “Visitors will now be asked to enter through the northwest cloister, conveniently located next to the parking garage. Worshipers and guests will still be able to enter the building through the west front for Sunday services and other major events.”