Thanksgiving 2020: WDC Day #2

Today we stopped at the Ford Theater, a short block from our hotel. While closed it was a formidable site to see. Across the street is a book store with 34 feet of stacked books all relating to Lincoln,

and the home where Lincoln died.

Then we ate breakfast at Lincoln’s Waffle Shop. What a great breakfast spot. Its walls held police badges from all across the nation.

Since it was election day we took in some famous DC churches for prayer.

This is the Washington National Cathedral. It is a place of much beauty and while I would like to espouse the fine points of the Cathedral I am unable as the brochure I grabbed was in French. That said, it is an Episcopal cathedral, and while there a prayer vigil for the election was being conducted. The docents were welcoming and available for questions. A must see.

Here is A Prayer for An Election the docents passed out..

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives ; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – taken from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979, Public domain.

The Main Church

Next we visited The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

One of its amazing altars

Access to the Roman Catholic Basilica is limited. If visiting bring identification as there are security measures in place. When lighting a candle one must have a staffer do this function. Visits are limited to 30 minutes.

As an aside, the Archbishop of Washington DC, the Rev. Wilton Gregory, has recently been appointed as Cardinal by Pope Francis. Kudos to Cardinal Gregory! As a member of the weekly televised mass for the Basilica I have been privileged to experience his homilies. What an amazing man, and what a great honor has been bestowed on him. Thank you Pope Francis for recognizing this man of faith.

Then off to Arlington National Cemetery, which while their museum was closed, still offered an amazing tour via trolley. This is a must do and see.

Some sites from the tour.

The Eternal Flame
RBG Resting Place. This is a very heavily trafficked site, and rightfully so for such an amazing human being who did so much for all of us.

And let us not forget the wind behind the sail.

Her husband, Martin lies next to her.

After this visit we found many DC streets closed so we returned to our hotel for election returns.

What a phenomenal visit, and while my daughter and psil Gregory left for their journey to work on the New Orleans Film Festival, I stayed. More to come in tomorrow’s blog..

Our Lady of Hope altar at the Basilica. Hope – what we all need in this time of pandemic.

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