Welcome back to National Acolyte Festival!
June 5-31, 1969
Saturday, October 7, 2023 at the Washington National Cathedral
The National Acolyte Festival returns after 4 years off due to Covid. Bring your church's acolytes to celebrate this vital ministry with others from across the country!
The day begins with acolytes, servers, clergy and vergers joining in the longest and most colorful procession imaginable—the Grandest of Processions—as we prepare to gather around Christ’s table for a festival Holy Eucharist.
Following the service, participants are invited to spend the afternoon exploring the Cathedral and joining a variety of workshops. Perfect your thurible techniques, create a liturgical streamer, take a look at Cathedral treasures, and hear from Cathedral clergy about their own years of acolyte service.
Registration is Now Open
Registration Fee: $10 per acolyte (youth and adult)
- There is no registration fee for processing clergy or vergers, or family and friends attending the service.
- The registration deadline to be included in printed program is September 8, 2023.
- Parking reservations are required if your group is coming by bus, and there is a $50 fee for bus.
- Lunch will be available for purchase or you are welcome to bring your own.