The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

A Service of Prayer and Light

Wednesday, September 23  |  7 p.m.

Facilitated labyrinth walk at 5:30 p.m.
The Cathedral of St. Philip


In 1998, Kelly Gissendaner was sentenced to death for her involvement in the murder of her husband, Doug Gissendaner. Her case has drawn attention for many reasons, including her positive impact on so many people and the fact that she has faced the day of her scheduled execution not once, but twice—and is now preparing to face it a third time.

On Wednesday, September 23, we will gather for a Service of Prayer and Light in the Cathedral, to pray for Kelly Gissendaner and all those hurt by her crime and death sentence, to beseech God for healing and mercy for all involved, and to witness to hope. 

We will set aside our political differences and come together to pray for Kelly and for the people hurt most by her crime and death sentence, beseeching God for healing and mercy.

We will bear witness to the pain of all those affected by this cycle of violence and suffering: the soul of Doug Gissendaner and his loved ones; Kelly’s family, especially her children; those who have been incarcerated with Kelly and those on death row in Georgia; her legal team; prison officials and staff; the Board of Pardons and Paroles; and Kelly herself.

As people of faith, we will bear witness also to God’s mercy and infinite power of redemption, reconciliation, and healing; and we will come together in hope for all involved.

As words fall short in such a tragic but hopeful moment, we avail ourselves of one of the great gifts of religion: liturgy. In particular, this service will follow the pattern of a traditional Episcopal Evensong, with a general confession, Psalm, lessons, the traditional Evensong canticles (Song of Mary and Song of Simeon), a meditation, and prayers.

So that those who cannot be here in person can still participate with us, the service will be live-streamed on this page, beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 23.



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