Religion events from around the Washington area

March 22, 2013

Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. through April 6: Dance classes. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Third and A streets SE. Call for fee information. 202-546-4964.

Sunday 4 p.m.: A performance of J.S. Bach’s “St. John Passion,” the story of Jesus’s suffering, death, burial and resurrection. Director of Music Michael McCarthy leads the Washington National Cathedral combined choirs, a baroque orchestra and soloists Elizabeth Cragg, soprano; Roger Isaacs, countertenor; Nicholas Phan, tenor; and Christophoren Nomura, bass; with Rufus Muller, as evangelist, and Brendan Curran, as Christus. Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25-$80, free garage parking. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sundays 5-6:30 p.m. through April 21: Games, Bible stories, memory verses and special events for children 12 and younger. Berwyn Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St., College Park. 50 cents per week per child. 301-474-7117 or www.berwynbaptist.org.

Sunday 7 p.m.: St Catherine University’s Women’s Choir and the chamber women’s choir Voix de Femmes perform sacred and secular works written for women’s voices. Resurrection Catholic Church, 3315 Greencastle Rd., Burtonsville. Donations appreciated. Annick Kanter, 301-520-8921.

Daily starting Monday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: “Gothic Resilience,” a selection of photographs taken by Colin Winterbottom after the August 2011 earthquake. The series examines the many hand-carved architectural features damaged in the quake, but also the strength and resilience of the graceful Gothic structure. The exhibit will run indefinitely. Washington National Cathedral, Garrett Lounge, Seventh Floor Perry Observation Gallery, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Tuesday 8:30 a.m.: Washington National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall invites members of the community to gather outside of the Supreme Court in a rally for marriage equality organized by the United for Marriage coalition. An interfaith prayer service precedes the rally at 7:30 a.m. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Tuesday-Wednesday 1:30 p.m.: A docent-led tour of the highlights of the cathedral, its history, architecture and artworks — plus a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. Washington National Cathedral, Docent Station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30, reservations required. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or misbister@cathedral.org.

Tuesday 6 p.m.: “Voices from the Center: The Spirituality of the Universe,” with the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, bishop of Maryland. A discussion of the July 2012 discovery of a subatomic particle like the Higgs boson (sometimes called the “God-particle”) and what it means to theoretical physics and religion. Labyrinth walking from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Wednesdays through March 30 Noon: Lenten “soup and devotion” luncheon. Soup and dessert, with singing, praying and devotions. Bible study at 1 p.m.Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, Good Luck and Springfield roads, Glenn Dale. Goodwill offering to benefit the needy. 301-262-2299.

Wednesday 7 p.m.: A reading and discussion of Dante’s “Inferno.” Washington National Cathedral, Sitgreaves Room, Cathedral Library, Woodley Road NW. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Wednesday 7:30 p.m.: Bible study. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 240-498-0119 or www.wesleydc.org.

Wednesday 7:30 p.m.: The Suspicious Cheeselords provide the music for Tenebrae, a traditional prayer service celebrated only during Holy Week, on “Spy Wednesday.” Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 14th and Quincy streets NE. Free. 202-526-6800 or www.myfranciscan.com.

Wednesday 7:30 p.m.: A choral concert by Christus Chorus, a 32-voice ensemble from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn. Peace Lutheran Church, 6362 Lincolnia Road, Alexandria. Free-will offering. 703-354-5233 or info@sharingpeace.org.

Friday 7:30 p.m.: “St. John Passion,” an oratorio by George Frideric Handel, will be sung by the St. John’s Choir at its evening service. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, Mclean. Free. 703-356-4902 or www.stjohnsmclean.org.

Friday 8 p.m.: The Burial of Jesus, a service modeled on one held every Good Friday in Jerusalem. Bishop Dennis Madden of Baltimore will be the guest preacher. Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 14th and Quincy streets NE. Free. 202-526-6800, Ext. 238.

Saturday March 30, 10 a.m.: Easter egg hunt, with lunch, crafts, bounce houses, carousel, rock wall and more. Southview Community Church, 2620 Reston Pkwy., Herndon. Free. 703-860-8800 or www.southview.org.

Saturday March 30, 12:30 p.m.: Easter egg hunt. People’s Community Baptist Church, 31 Norwood Rd, Silver Spring. 301-384-2601.

Saturday March 30, 5-9 p.m.:Annual Passover Seder, a meal meant to be shared with people of all faiths. A celebration of the Jewish tradition of Passover, the end of the Christian season of Lent and the beginning of Easter Week. Led by Intern Minister Daniel Gregoire and U.S. Naval Academy Rabbi Josh Sherwin. Please bring a potluck meal. Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 DuBois Rd. $10; ages 12 and younger, $5. 410-266-8044 or www.tinyurl.com/uucaseder. Volunteers for cooking, serving and cleanup should visit www.tinyurl.com/sederhelp.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

Send event name, dates, times, exact address, prices and a publishable telephone number at least one week before our Saturday publication day to Religion Events, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071; or e-mail rpevents@washpost.com.

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