On January 6, 2001, the Feast of the Epiphany, a liturgical celebration of "Called to Common Mission," was held in Washington, D.C., at the Washington National Cathedral with over 3,500 participants filling the cathedral. The Presiding Bishops of The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America presided and preached, and the St. Olaf College Choir provided special music prior to the service. The liturgy began with a renewal of baptismal vows, and concluded with the celebration of the Eucharist. The cathedral dean said that he has not heard such a joyous song fill the cathedral in many years.
The Full Communion Celebration was broadcast live via the Internet (video and audio "streaming"), and photos from the service and news releases can be found at the ELCA News service Web sites. Additional coverage, both news releases and photos, is available at The Episcopal Church's web site.
Guidelines for celebrating joint services of holy communion between Lutheran and Episcopalian congregations now are available.The Liturgy: Celebration of Full Communion