Join Us This Sunday for a Mardi Gras Service

at 10:00 with the Redwine Jazz Band!


Annual Meeting and Mardi Gras Lunch

follows in the parish hall!


3240 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007 

Parking is available in the Hyde-Addison School
parking lot across from the church.
Welcome to St. John's!
Welcome to St. John's!

We're a joy-filled Episcopal church on the corner of O & Potomac in Georgetown.

Georgetown Concert Series FREE event
Georgetown Concert Series FREE event

U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters. Feb. 14 @ 5 p.m.


We like tradition, but we aren't stuffy.

Get involved with St. John's!
Get involved with St. John's!

Discover how you can connect with our church.

The St. John's Choir
The St. John's Choir

Enjoy beautiful organ and choral music each Sunday.

What's Up with the Pancakes?

Ok, so what's the deal about pancakes and Shrove Tuesday? And what about Fat Tuesday?

Shrove Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It's a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. 

No Short-Shrift on Penitence

Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians observed in the past. You already know about shriving because you have heard the expression, "short shrift." That means to not pay much attention to someone.

In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them. When a person receives absolution for their sins, they are forgiven for them and released from the guilt and pain that they have caused them. In the Catholic or Orthodox context, the absolution is pronounced by a priest. This tradition is very old. More than a 1000 years ago a monk wrote in the Anglo-Saxon Ecclesiastical Institutes:

"In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him."

Pancakes, Anyone?

Because many Christians give up meat, fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods for Lent, the best thing to do was to indulge on a meal of ingredients that wouldn't last the 40 days of Lent. Hence, pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.

The need to eat up the fats also gave rise to the French name Mardi Gras; meaning fat Tuesday. Elsewhere, the day begins a period called Carnival, which means "farewell to meat." 

Pass the syrup, please.

Upcoming Events

Join us for a Mardi Gras celebration on Sunday, February 7th at 10:00 (we'll have one combined service) with Jazz Music, masks, and a festive lunch! Our annual meeting will follow in the church, and then we'll head into the parish hall for an authentic New Orleans lunch! Whether you're just visiting St. John's, or whether you've been coming for decades, please come!
 Join us for a delicious pancake supper on Tuesday, Feb. 9th, from 6:00 to 7:30. Bring your friends and enjoy pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, and lots of laughter! We'll even have a Mardi Gras photo booth! You won't want to miss it!
We will be doing Ashes to Go in two locations in Georgetown: At the corner of M Street and Wisconsin Ave. from 7:30-9:00 am; and outside Saxby's on the corner of O and 35th Streets from 9:30-11:00.  Come join us as we take church out in to the streets of Georgetown! We will also hold a traditional Ash Wednesday Service at St. John's at 7:00 in the evening. Come and ponder the meaning of Lent together!