Lenten Series

The Cathedral is a place of spiritual inquiry and exploration. As Jesus experienced a time of heightened spiritual awareness and cleansing during his 40 day retreat into the desert, we set apart the 40 days during the season of Lent as a time for self-examination and repentance as we prepare for Easter.  

April 2 - Fifth Sunday in Lent

The Episcopal Way, Part II

A class for Newcomers, Inquirers, and those preparing for baptism, confirmation, and reception.  Following the service of the Holy Eucharist at 10 am and a light lunch, the clergy staff will lead a class for all newcomers, inquirers, and those preparing for baptism, confirmation, and reception. We will use Eric Law and Stephanie Spellers The Episcopal Way: Church Teaching for a Changing World as a guide to learn more about the Episcopal Church.
The Cathedral welcomes people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, including those who have never participated in any religious activity. The diversity of our congregation is a stimulating part of life here at the Cathedral, but naturally there are questions from potentialóand current--members and visitors about the actual beliefs and practices of the Episcopal Church, in particular.  The class offers a forum for the exploration of these questions, whether in preparation for membership, or for simply deepening an understanding of oneís own faith. Join us for these spirited sessions as we explore who we are, where we come from, and where we are going in the Episcopal Church. 


Lenten Offerings

Our full Lenten Program program is available here!

Holy Week Services at the Cathedral

Palm Sunday – April 9th
10 am – Liturgy of the Palms, Procession & Holy Eucharist

Monday in Holy Week – April 10th

12 Noon – Holy Eucharist

Tuesday in Holy Week - April 11th
11:30 am - Reaffirmation of Ordination Vows, Holy Eucharist & Blessing of Holy Oils
The Rt. Reverend Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez – Presider & Preacher

The liturgy is a gathering of the diocesan family, during which all clergy together with the Bishop, perform the annual renewal of their vows of ordination. The oil of chrism for baptisms and ordinations, and oil for anointing of the sick are blessed by the Bishop and distributed to the clergy of the Diocese.

Wednesday in Holy Week – April 12th

12 Noon – Holy Eucharist

Thursday in Holy Week – April 13th

12 Noon – Holy Eucharist

7 pm - Liturgy of Maundy Thursday

Friday in Holy Week – April 14th
12 Noon – Liturgy of Good Friday with Choral Meditations

2 pm - Stations of the Cross

Saturday in Holy Week – April 15th
7 pm - Great Vigil of Easter, Diocesan Rites of Christian Initiation & Holy Eucharist

The Right Reverend Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez – Presider & Preacher 

The service begins in darkness with the kindling of new fire and the lighting and procession of the Paschal Candle. Chanting of Psalms and readings from scripture in candlelight recall God’s acts in history beginning at the creation. Rites of Christian Initiation follow, when members of the Cathedral congregation and from around the Diocese of Pennsylvania are baptized, confirmed, received from another communion and reaffirming their baptismal vows. Then, with sudden bursts of light, shouts of “Alleluia,” bells, hymns and anthems, the Resurrection is proclaimed and the first Eucharist of Easter is celebrated. 

Easter Sunday – April 16th
10 am – Festival Eucharist
The Very Reverend Judith A. Sullivan – Presider & Preacher



The Cathedral family congratulates...

Bravo to our own Director of Music, Dr. Thomas Lloyd, for his 2017 Grammy nomination in the category of Best Choral Performance for his composition, Bonhoeffer.  It is one of only five recordings from the US and Europe nominated for the 2017 Grammy.  The 2013 premiere of Bonhoeffer was performed at the Cathedral as well as a 2015 performance.  

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