- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Washington National Cathedral is celebrating its 107th birthday this weekend and the public is invited to attend. The Cathedral Day Celebration 2014 is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday and includes prayer services, forums, tours and concerts.

For $60, registrants can attend Saturday’s all-day events, which begin at 8:30 a.m. with morning prayer, followed by a keynote speech by Washington Post writer David Ignatius and a State of the Cathedral address by dean of the cathedral, the Rev. Gary Hall.

Saturday afternoon includes options for tours of the cathedral’s altar, gargoyles and a reception at Mr. Hall’s home at the Bratenahl House.

Sunday’s celebration begins at 10:10 a.m. with a presentation by James Shepherd, director of preservation and facilities, and headstone mason Joe Alonsoto, on the progress and repairs to the earthquake-damaged church.

In 2011, it was shaken by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, which caused $20 million in repairs that have yet to be completed due to lack of funding.

Worship service is scheduled for 11:15 a.m., and the choir and organ concert are scheduled for the afternoon.

The most visible Episcopal Church in the United States, the cathedral is located in Northwest, where it’s been a part of the District skyline for more than a century.

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