Harlem’s Cathedral Of St. John The Divine Observes Ash Wednesday

February 17, 2023

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Harlem will observe Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, with in-person services.

The event will take place on Wednesday, February 22 at 12:15 PM and 7:30 PM at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street) in Harlem, NY.

Cathedral clergy will also provide ashes outside on the Cathedral’s West Front Stairs throughout the day, from 6:30 am – 12 pm and again from 1 pm – 5 pm.

At the 7:30 pm service, The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, will preside and preach, joined by The Very Reverend Patrick Malloy, Dean of the Cathedral.

The Cathedral’s 12:15 and 7:30 pm services are joined by the Cathedral Choirs. The all-professional Cathedral Choir will sing the haunting “Miserere” of Gregoria Allegri and Samuel Wesley’s “Wash me thoroughly.” The volunteer Cathedral Chorale joins for the evening service.

Both the midday and evening services will be held in person in the great space of the Cathedral Nave. The 7:30 pm service will also be streamed on the Cathedral’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

All are welcome to receive the imposition of ashes from Cathedral clergy at either the 12:15 or 7:30 pm services, or outside the Cathedral’s front doors during the day.

Photo credit: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. 

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