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October 7- Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong is sung at Epiphany on the first Wednesday of each month. At Evensong this coming Wednesday, October 7th, the Epiphany Schola will sing music by Renaissance composers Cristóbal de Morales (1500-1553) – considered to be the most influential Spanish composer before Victoria and Tomàs de Victoria (1548-1611) himself, the most famous composer in 16th-century Spain.

The service of Choral Evensong lasts about half an hour and traditionally takes place in the afternoon or twilight hours. It combines readings and prayers from the Book of Common Prayer with sung canticles and anthems. It still follows the Anglican form of service which emerged from the reigns of King Henry and his son, King Edward VI, following England’s disestablishment the Church of Rome and the institution of the Church of England – in the newly nationalized vernacular.

As the Evening service rite evolved (a result of the merging of the monastic/Catholic evening ‘hours’ of Vespers and Compline – rituals that went back to the early centuries of the Church) through the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it became modified and refined. In America, the English service survived the dissociation of the colonial Anglican Church from the Church of England during the War of Independence. As the nascent Episcopal Church grew and thrived in the new nation, so too did its reverence for and cohesion with much of the liturgy and form of the erstwhile ‘mother’ Church. Thus, the tradition of Choral Evensong – a staple of the Anglican rite – has remained part of the American liturgical landscape over the past two centuries.

Today, in this country, as in England, the Evening Prayer service of Choral Evensong holds special resonance both for regular churchgoers and for non-sectarian visitors. Whatever the motivation for attendance, all are invited to respond, in contemplation, to the beauty, richness, serenity and tradition of the music and prayers, and to find a sense of connectedness binding present to ancient past.

Announcing Rector Calling Committee

Announcing Rector Calling Committee 

With humble and grateful hearts, the Vestry of the Church of the Epiphany announces the formation of the Rector Calling Committee. This team will be responsible for developing the Parish Profile, performing a search, and recommending candidates to the Vestry, who will call our next Rector.
We are delighted the following people will lead our church through this time of discernment:
D’Oniece Dillard
Kathy Haines
Caroline Klam
Judy Lokerson
Jim McCarthy
Peate Pegues
Irvin Peterson
Julie Turner
Lee Tyner
The Vestry would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who prayerfully considered serving on the Committee and those who nominated others. We had more than 40 nominations, and we truly felt the movement of God in the calling of this diverse and devoted group of people. We will commission the Committee in September, when they will convene for their first meeting. Please continue to pray for God’s good work through The Church of the Epiphany.
-Rachel Barham, Senior Warden


The Episcopal Church says Yes to Marriage Equality

On Wednesday July 1 The Episcopal Church said yes to sacramental marriage for same-sex couples when the House of Deputies voted to approve two resolutions changing the canons on marriage and approving two marriage liturgies for trial use. The House of Bishops passed these resolutions on June 29.

Resolution A054 created two trial liturgies, including a gender-neutral version of the current Book of Common Prayer marriage service. Resolution A036 amends the canons on marriage.

Susan Russell, a long time advocate for LGBT people in The Episcopal Church has published a response describing Wednesday’s action as “an exemplary illustration of the hard, faithful work of a church refusing to let the perfect be the enemy of the good as it strives to become a more expansive and inclusive church.”

Additional coverage of Wednesday’s vote is available from The Episcopal News Service and The Washington Post.

July 26, 27, 28- Books ‘n’ Bites

Mark your calendars and spread the word about Epiphany’s annual used book and bake sale!

Sunday, July 26
12:30 pm- 3:00 pm

Monday, July 27 and Tuesday July 28
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

We are now accepting donations of used books. All proceeds benefit Epiphany’s justice ministries.

July 2 and 4- Chorworks Workshop Concerts with Phillip Cave

Concert: Thursday 2nd July, 7:00pm Church of the Epiphany
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Sally Dunkley, James Kennerley, Philip Cave, Gabriel Crouch and Jeremy Filsell
MUSICAL BATTLES including music by Janequin, Monteverdi, Lassus

Informal Concert: Saturday 4th July 2:30pm Church of the Epiphany
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Sally Dunkley, Philip Cave, Gabriel Crouch and Jeremy Filsell
Music by Victoria, Carissimi, Clemens, Porta, Anerio
In partnership with Washington Cornetts & Sackbutts

For more information, please visit the Chorworks website.

July 5- Welcoming our Interim Rector

Our Interim Rector, Elizabeth Gardner, will celebrate her first Sunday Eucharist with us on July 5! Following worship, we will have a special Coffee Hour to greet her. She will be with us for a year or so while we develop our parish profile and discern who we will call as our next Rector.

You can read a note from Elizabeth here.

July 12- Adult Formation and Alternative Liturgy: Our Bodies in Eucharist

Adult formation and alternative liturgy during Pentecost
Join us as we explore the significance of bodies to our faith, liturgy, and place in Creation in:
This is My Body: Celebrating and Incorporating Our Physical Selves in Faith


Sundays in Pentecost
Learning, reflection, and outdoor liturgy

This series will conclude on Sunday, July 12 with Our Bodies in Eucharist
Learn the practice and significance of bodily signs in Eucharist. When, why, and how do we reverence the cross and cross our bodies? How can these practices deepen our experience of God’s presence?
Meet in the side garden.

Gospel Art! featured in Episcopal Evangelism Society video

Gospel Art! featured in Episcopal Evangelism Society video
Epiphany’s Gospel Art! program takes place every Sunday morning at 7:00 am. Around 15 participants create art and poetry projects in response to the Sunday Scriptures and share their art projects and the faith it inspires with each other. The hope is that the participants’ faith will deepen by seeing how their creativity can be connected with it.

Check out this video from the Episcopal Evangelism Society where Epiphany parishioner Lisa Kimball shares her thoughts about the significance of the Gospel Art! program. If you are interested in learning more about Gospel Art! or volunteering with this program please contact the parish office at 202-347-2635 or

June 27- Serenade! Festival 2015 benefiting The Welcome Table

Saturday, June 27, 7:00 pm: Serenade! Festival
presented by Classical Movements

Experience music from around this world! The 2015 Serenade! Festival will feature performances by Coro Entrevoches (Cuba), Transfiguration Choir of Boys & Girls (USA), Australian Children’s Choir (Australia), and Tapiola Chamber Choir (Finalnd).

Admission is free, suggested donation of $5-$15 to benefit The Welcome Table
Reserve your ticket now!

For more information, please call Classical Movements at 703-683-6040

June 28- The Welcome Table Fourth of July Picnic

Fourth of July Picnic

The Welcome Table ministry would like to extend an invitation to all Epiphany parishioners to join us on June 28th immediately following the 11:00 am service for our annual Fourth of July Picnic. Guests will enjoy burgers, hot dogs, beans, potato salad, dessert, and lemonade. Our musical entertainment will be provided by AJQ Plus 1! We hope to see you all.