The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA


Children's Chapel is Back this Week

Children’s chapel takes place during the 8:45 a.m. service as an option for parents and children who are not yet ready to experience the full liturgy together, though children are always welcome in “big” church. Children four years (by September 1, 2019) through fifth grade begin in church with their parents, then follow the children’s acolytes and leaders out at the sequence hymn. Children will come back to the Nave for baptisms and rejoin their parents at the Offertory. Starting September 8, two- and three-year-olds attend their own chapel service, which begins at 8:45 a.m.

A New Arrangement for Flowers!

A Flower Guild member has come forward and offered $50,000 to match gifts to a newly established Flower Fund Endowment. The fund will be a part of the Cathedral Endowment and we will use the earnings from gifts to help fund the work of the Flower Guild. A gift of any amount will make a difference and be matched dollar for dollar. I’m pleased to report that 17 families have donated a total of $40,500 in the past two months. We are so grateful for these contributions! As you may know, the process by which we have funded the beautiful flowers at the Cathedral is changing. For years, we could count on weddings to underwrite a large share of our budget for the purchase of flowers. Fewer couples are getting married at the Cathedral (and churches, in general) and that means we need to look at different models for funding. We have two special opportunities. A gift of $1,000 or more will allow the donor or their designee to be recognized with other donors annually on a selected Sunday in the service leaflet. A gift of $5,000 or more will allow the donor or their designee to be recognized on a specified Sunday perpetually.

Choral Eucharist Sunday at 4 p.m.

In lieu of our weekly service of Choral Evensong, the Cathedral will feature a Choral Eucharist this Sunday at 4 p.m. Sung by the Cathedral Choir, music for the service will include Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Mass in G minor, along with C.H.H. Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens. Come and worship in our marvelous sacred space with some great 20th century sacred music this Sunday afternoon. This will be the Cathedral’s final 4 o’clock service for this season. Sunday afternoon recitals and services will resume on September 8.

Flowering the Cross on Easter

The Flower Guild is bringing back an old church tradition of inviting everyone (especially children) to bring their favorite fresh flower to church to place on the cross in the Atrium on Easter morning. Flowering the Cross - adding live flowers to a barren cross - symbolizes our rejoicing in the new life of Resurrection. The flowers can be picked from your garden, selected at the grocery store or bought at a florist. Choose any flower with a strong stem and position it wherever you like on the cross.

Special Inauguration Day Prayer Service – Monday, January 14, 2019

The Cathedral of St. Philip is honored to have been asked to host the Inauguration Day Prayer Service for the Governor-Elect of Georgia, Brian Kemp, on Monday, January 14, 2019; and I am glad to have agreed to host prayer on that special day. However, with the need for very close security, only ticketed guests and cathedral entity staff members will have access to the building that morning. Interested citizens and parishioners can watch the service televised on the Georgia Public Broadcasting network. The wonderful Cathedral Preschool and Cathedral Book Store will both be closed.

Christmas Pageant Sign-up

It is time to sign up for the Christmas Pageant, held every year at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. All children registered in Sunday School, from the 4-year-olds through fifth grade, are welcome to participate. If your child is not registered for Sunday School, please contact Lisa McNamara,, or register at A pageant sign-up table will be in the Atrium on Sundays, November 11, November 18, December 2, and December 9. Dress rehearsal will be Sunday, December 16 at 12:45 p.m. If you have any questions, contact Sara Chapman, The Christmas Pageant is a tradition not to be missed!

Choral Requiem Eucharist on All Saints’ Sunday

All are invited to attend our annual Choral Eucharist on All Saints’ Sunday, November 4 at 4 p.m. This year we will observe this holy occasion with the ancient and image-rich texts of the Requiem as set to music by Gabriel Fauré. His is one of the most beloved and frequently sung works in the sacred repertoire, yet it is rarely experienced in the context for which it was written: a fully choral service of Communion in celebration of the life of someone who has passed into life eternal. The orchestra, underwritten by our Friends of Cathedral Music, will use Fauré’s original, most intimate orchestration for strings, harp, French horns, and timpani. This is music of transcendent beauty, which generations of Christians have found to offer a profound glimpse of the hope, peace, and surpassing joy of heaven.

Moore-Wilkerson Continuo Organ Dedication This Sunday

All are invited to witness the sacred dedication of the Cathedral of St. Philip’s new six-stop continuo organ during Evensong this Sunday, September 30 at 4 p.m. The sound of this beautiful instrument is considerably more delicate than our principal organs in the Cathedral Nave and Mikel Chapel, since the pipes are much smaller and are scaled specifically for the performance of early music. The new continuo organ will find frequent use not only for concerts of baroque music, but also in the accompaniment of the Tudor and Restoration anthem repertoire that the Cathedral Choirs regularly offer during worship.