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CATHEDRAL OF ST. MATTHEW THE APOSTLE - 120 Photos & 48 Reviews - Churches - 1725 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC - Phone Number
I've been looking for a new place to worship since I moved to WashingtonDC about a year ago. Normally I prefer small intimate churches like St Mary's which I frequented in Annapolis for a few years but I enjoyed mass at this cathedral. In the true sense of a cathedral I felt like I was at mass in one of the great cathedrals in Rome. The frescos, art, architecture and the dome had me speechless. I couldn't help but feel the spirit being here.
Lately I've been making a point of using public transit whenever possible so I was ecstatic when I realized I could get here by riding a few stops on the redline. There is plenty of street parking but my preference is usually to do public transit whenever possible.
Beautiful church and beautiful Christmas service!! I attended the 11:30 mass, and yes they started on time. Very easy to find and I believe there is only street parking, I walked from my hotel. It is handicap accessible!!
Was up in DC for the national peace officer's memorial and attended mass on Sunday morning. I was fascinated by the architecture and artwork of this historical house of worship. Mass was delivered very nicely. Glad I had the opportunity to visit!
I did not have mass here. I walked in on a weekday to see how beautiful the interior was. I love old churches and cathedrals, and this was one that definitely needed to be seen.
Some of the highlights of the sanctuary that really drew me in was the beautiful stained glass windows, the lovely mosaics, the huge dome above head, and the inscription in the floor where John F. Kennedy's casket laid during his funeral at the church.
It was pretty desolate when I went in making it more of an intimate experience for me.I went up to the alter where I prayed then proceeded to look around. I learned that this is the archdiocese church for the greater DC area. I should mention that this is separate from Baltimore's archdiocese with each DC and Baltimore having their own, respectively.
Even though I am Methodist; I definitely see myself venturing here to experience mass sometime eventually. It is a stunning place and very peaceful.
This church is so beautiful. The outside does not do the building justice. My father was a pastor so I have spent a lot of time in churches. This one is worth a visit. The paintings and artwork are gorgeous. There are so many little rooms and pictures that you need about 20 minutes to walk all around the sanctuary.
The church staff are quite nice. Anyone is happy to answer questions. The Easter service was special. The Very Rev. James Greenfield gave the homily. He read from the book, "I love you this much." The message of family connection was heart warming.
Even if you don't attend a mass, it is worth peeking inside. You don't have to be Catholic to appreciate this sacred space.
One phone call conversation with one of the residing priests here convinced my fiance and I that our long search for a new church home would be over. Since then, we have met a few other church officials through our sacrament of marriage classes and have only fell the place even more. Even though I am far from perfect or even becoming a regular church goer, they still have made me feel like family. They speak the good word of the Lord and they do it well -- and not in a pushy way at all.
This historic church is beautiful with it's high vaulted ceilings and mosaic portraiture. Their organ pipes are the biggest I have ever seen and their choir sends shivers down my spine. This cathedral is famous for being the church that presided over JFK's funeral.
To be frank, going to church isn't the first thing I choose to do on a Sunday morning but it's warm spirit and beautiful atmosphere make going a whole lot easier (not to mention all the fun brunch places that are within walking distance!).
Beautiful building. Wonderful artwork on the walls. Lots of statues. Easter service was packed when we went. Lines all the way down the block from both directions into the church.
Lovely service, talented choir and organist. The brass band was great as well - probably only there for the big holidays.
The mass lasted just over an hour. Probably would have been a bit longer, but the previous mass ran long and our service started late. There was another service scheduled for 10 minutes after our finished, so we couldn't stick around too long to admire the church itself.
They offered a mass in Spanish on Easter. Again, not sure if that's a regular or holiday thing.
Ok, with 64 check ins under my belt, I think I've earned the right to update my review... I'll just add these notes: 1. Best seats to hear the homily are down front and to the left. The acoustics can befuddle in other areas... 2. The tabernacle is in it's own alcove to the left of the altar, not directly behind it like at many churches. 3. This is the seat of the Archbishop of Washington. Booya.
Pretty decent services, glorious interior, lots of service times, English, Spanish, and deaf interpreted services, welcoming priests, sometimes the welcoming coffee hour includes decent coffee, perhaps a pasta salad, and some halved doughnuts.
Trying to figure out what comes next in any given service is like playing choose your own adventure... Most of the prayers are on the inner lining of the red "Worship" book, and usually the order of the service will follow the flyer they hand you as you walk in, but sometimes they stray and only the hard core old timers know what's going on...
They have a class for people interested in Catholicism on the 2nd Wednesday of the month called Inquiry, and it's a relaxed and welcoming event with anywhere from one (just you) to a dozen people all asking questions of a seminarian (priest-in-training...I know, it sounds dirty. Get over it...) or other trained teacher. Everyone there is there to sift through the truths and the lies about the faith.
Hot Tip: Everyone converts to Catholicism across the world on Easter, which is in the spring. They require you take a class called RCIA before jumping through the final hoops at Easter. RCIA takes many moons to complete and at St. Matthews takes almost a year. The next round starts soon, so if you're even considering the possibility of conversion, sign up for the class now so you don't get put off another year if/when you finally decide to go all in. You can always quit, but you can't start too late or you have to wait until the next year. People who decided to convert in January had to wait 6 months for the next class to begin. I guess Catholics don't really expect the Apocalypse to happen any time soon. Maybe they'll speed up the process when the rivers start to flow with blood and it rains fire and stuff... Anywho...
Oh - there's also some sort of attempt to get lapsed Catholics back to church which includes classes on how to pray/confess/be catholic or something I didn't really pay much attention to because that's not me... But if that's you, hit the website.
Outside, there's a dedicated contingent of beggars, and sometimes there are cops who run the beggars off with their Segways. It's a constant battle worthy of admiration on both sides. That's all I got. In the words of Tiny Tim, God Bless Us, Everyone!