Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington DC

Take a 36-degree virtual tour of the Cathedral at http://tour.stmatthewscathedral.org/.

The Cathedral church and parish is named for Saint Matthew the Apostle, the patron saint of civil servants, recognizing all those who serve in the municipal, state, and national governments and the many international organizations located in the metropolitan area. The church is the seat or cathedra of the Archbishop of Washington. As the Mother Church of the archdiocese, it plays a major role in the Catholic life of the nation’s capital.

Twice our Cathedral Parish has been honored with a visit here from the Chief Shepherd of the Church Universal. The first was in 1979 when Saint John Paul II celebrated Mass, and the second in 2015, our 175th Parish Anniversary year, when Pope Francis came to pray with our nation's bishops. President John F. Kennedy's funeral Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral on November 25,1963. Requiems have been held here for several heads of state. Annually, on the Sunday before the first Monday in October when the Supreme Court of the United States begins its regular term, a special Mass is celebrated praying for the Holy Spirit to guide all those who are members of the legal profession. Known as the "Red Mass" in reference to the vestment color, the Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, the President's Cabinet, diplomatic corps, local municipal, state and national government leaders, and sometimes the President of the United States join the celebration.
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  • Beautiful church, we attended Sunday morning mass and enjoyed it. Priest had a good sermon and it was nice to have a peaceful reflection of our trip.  more »
  • I never knew St. Matthew's existed and when invited to an event, I was pleasantly surprised that this Cathedral was hidden in Washington, DC. A visit is a must.  more »
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  • ParkMobile said that parking would cost me $26 from Friday afternoon through late Sunday afternoon. When we arrived at the garage we were charged $40, cash only. Upon dropping off our luggage Sunday morning the parking attendant said that it would be another $20 to stay past noon (cash only again.) Either ParkMobile has wrong quotes or the attendants are pocketing extra cash. The garage had spacious and clean spots.
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