Washington area religion events

December 20, 2013

Daily through Jan. 12, 10 a.m.: “Cathedral Creche Exhibition: What Child is This?,” an annual display of Nativity scenes from around the world. Washington National Cathedral, lower-level crypt outside Bethlehem Chapel, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or nationalcathedral.org.

Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.: Children of all ages must attend a morning rehearsal if they want to portray shepherds, angels and baby animals in an afternoon Christmas pageant. Parents will be treated to a light breakfast and coffee at 8:45 a.m. Participating children must report back to the church at 4 p.m. The Pageant starts at 5 p.m. Light, healthy snacks will be available. Everyone is welcome to attend. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org.

Saturday, 10 a.m.: Live webcast of a Christmas service with the people of Bethlehem. Prayers, readings and hymns will alternate between Washington and Bethlehem. Washington National Cathedral, the nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital of Advent music by Edward M. Nassor. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or nationalcathedral.org.

Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m.: “Christmas in Art.” David Gariff will lead a tour of the paintings in the permanent collection that depict the birth of Jesus. National Gallery of Art, West Building, main floor, rotunda, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6706.

Saturday, 2 p.m.: Children of all ages are invited to participate in the annual pageant celebrating the Nativity. Families should arrive in costume in the nave at 1:30 p.m. for a brief rehearsal. Halos are available for herald angels in need of costume help. Bring family, friends and cameras. Washington National Cathedral, nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Saturday, 7 p.m.: A performance by Hit Singles, a male vocal quartet. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Sunday, 9 and 11:15 a.m.: A Festival of Lessons and Carols, a program of song and scripture readings, with the church choirs and organist John C. Wulff. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 703-356-4902. www.stjohnsmclean.org.

Sunday, 3 p.m.: “Christmas with the Consort,” a program of music by Benjamin Britten and John La Montaine, performed by sopranos Katelyn Aungst, Kate Vetter Cain, Yeonjung Ellie Kim and Rebecca Kellerman Petretta, mezzo-soprano Kristen Dubenion-Smith, tenor John Wiggins and bass Scott Auby. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-537-0800.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: A service of Lessons and Carols. St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Croom, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469. www.stthomascroom.org.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: Advent vespers by the Choir of the Basilica in the Upper Church. A Mass follows at 4:30 p.m. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free parking. 202-526-8300.

Sunday, 4-6 p.m.: A children’s Christmas workshop, for ages 3 to 12, to create Christian crafts, play games and hear stories. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org.

Sunday, 5 p.m.: “An Evening of Christmas Musical Delight.” A light Christmas buffet reception follows. An offering will be collected to support the mission of Mi Refugio in Guatemala. Christ Lutheran Church of Bethesda, 8011 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. 301-652-5160.

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 6 p.m.: “Carols by Candlelight,” beautiful Christmas music and candlelight. A limited number of passes will be distributed at the cathedral on a first-come, first-served basis shortly before each service. Service also carried live on the Internet at www.nationalcathedral.com. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200.

Sunday, 6 p.m.: A Living Nativity, a dramatization of the story of Jesus’s birth, will be presented by Vienna Baptist Church on the south lawn. Angels, kings, shepherds, the Holy Family and numerous live animals will make their appearance.Hot drinks and cookies will be served in the Fellowship Hall after the drama. Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Road, SW, Vienna. Free. 703-281-4400. www.vbc-va.org.

Monday, 1 p.m.: Blessing and lighting of the luminaria, a Christmas Eve tradition. Nine hundred luminaria lining the portico around the church and garden will be blessed by the friars of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land and then lighted by volunteers. All are welcome. Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE. 202-526-6800. www.myfranciscan.com.

Monday-Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.: Lessons and Carols: seven Bible readings interspersed with song. The story of Christ will be traced through redemptive history, from the fall of mankind (the book of Genesis), to the promise of the Messiah (the Prophets) and culminating with the birth of Jesus (the Gospels). Between readings there will be carol singing and hymns with choral music to help us meditate on the truth that has been read. Covenant Life Church, 7501 Muncaster Mill Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-869-2800. www.covlife.org.

Mondays, 7 p.m.: Sally Jones leads “A Course in Miracles.” Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Free. 301-449-4308. dmuuc.org .

Tuesday, 1 p.m.: One thousand luminaria lining the portico of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land will be lighted and blessed. The candles will burn for seven days. Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free. 202-526-6800, Ext. 374. www.myfranciscan.com.

Tuesday, 3, 5:30, 8 and 10:30 p.m.: Christmas Eve Services. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Tuesday, 4:30 (children’s service), 8 and 11 p.m.: Candlelight and communion services. Handicapped accessible; assisted listening devices. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org.

Tuesday, 5 p.m.: A “child-friendly” traditional Christmas Eve service with Holy Eucharist. Chapel of the Incarnation, 14070 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine. 301-627-8469. www.stthomascroom.org/.

Tuesday, 5 p.m.: Candlelight Christmas Eve service. Children and adults perform joyful and festive music. Sponsored by the Interfaith Families Project and the Church of the Holy City. Seasonal music, readings, reflections, silence and prayers. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734 or 301-770-6337.

Tuesday, dusk to ?: Several hundred luminaries will be lit surrounding the church. Drive by or park the car and walk about and watch the Nativity program with Howard the donkey at 6 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. Free. christchurchclinton@verizon.net. 301-868-1330. www.christchurchclinton.org.

Tuesday, 7 and 11:30 p.m.: Family worship service at 7 p.m., Glenn Dale United Methodist Church, 8500 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale; a candlelight service at 11:30 p.m. at Historic Perkins Chapel, 8606 Springfield Rd., Glenn Dale. 301-262-2299

Wednesday, all day: The 27th annual day of service, hosted by Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center. Prepare foods for the homeless, visit senior citizens, decorate and host Christmas parties at shelters, serve meals to those in need, donate blood, provide needed maintenance and repairs at community centers, wrap gifts and help children experience the magic of the holiday season. Volunteers of all ages are sought for more then 60 social service agencies. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-518-9400.

Wednesday, 10 a.m.: Christmas Day worship service. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Wednesday, 10 a.m.: Christmas Day traditional worship service, with Holy Eucharist. St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469. www.stthomascroom.org.

Wednesday: Festival Holy Eucharist, at 11 a.m., with the Very Rev. Gary R. Hall as preacher. Christmas Day Service of Lessons and Carols, at 4 p.m., with the Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope as preacher and soprano Rosa Lamoreaux as soloist. Christmas Day Organ Recital, at 5:15 p.m., with organists Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley. All events are webcast live at www.nationalcathedral.org. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.

Wednesday, 11 a.m.: Christmas Day worship service. Accessible to people with disabilities; assisted-listening devices available. Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria. 703-971-5151. www.franconiaumc.org.

Wednesday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: “J Fest,” an annual family program for all ages, includes entertainment by the Michael Rosman comedy juggling show, arts and crafts, games,face painting, fun with hypnosis, food and a community service project. Kosher food available for purchase. A screening of “Hava Nagila (The Movie)” follows at 3 p.m. Israeli dancing with Markid Mark after the film. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Family fee (for up to 6 people), $20; film only, $9; pre-3 p.m. events, free. 703-323-0880. www.jccnv.org.

Wednesday, 12:15-2:30 p.m.: 39th Annual Christmas Dinner, for people alone or in need. Meals will be served to individuals and families in the Basilica’s dining room and will be delivered directly to the homes of those in need in the District of Columbia and in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Guests will also be treated to the fellowship of clergy, staff and volunteers. There will be Christmas carols and gifts. Volunteers are needed to prepare, serve and deliver meals and more. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-526-8300. www.nationalshrine.com/christmasdinner.

Wednesday, 5:15 p.m.: Organists Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley and soprano Rosa Lamereaux perform Christmas music for listening and singing along. Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org.

Next Saturday, 10 a.m.: Representatives of the U.S. military services will lay a wreath at President Woodrow Wilson’s sarcophagus on the anniversary of his birth in 1856. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Next Saturday, 7 p.m.: Dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” a Christmas favorite brought to life by a talented troupe from the parish. Chapel of the Incarnation, 14070 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine. 301-627-8469. www.stthomascroom.org.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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