The National Cathedral announced it is shifting all services to online and will be closed to the public through the holiday season due to the rise in COVID-19 omicron cases.

According to a statement issued Thursday by the National Cathedral, the cathedral will reopen for public worship at a socially distanced reduced capacity on Sunday, Jan. 9.

“While I am disappointed not to be able to gather in person, this pandemic has already taught us how to join together as an online community,” the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith wrote in the statement. “As the people of God, we can find confidence in the good tidings of great joy. The God who walked among us in Bethlehem walks among us still, and will see us through to the end.”

Holiday services that will be streamed online include the Lessons & Carols service on Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. EDT, the Christmas Eve Eucharist at 10 p.m. EDT and the Christmas Day Eucharist at 11:15 a.m. EDT.


The cathedral first announced a modified holiday schedule Wednesday before deciding to shift fully online Thursday.