And yet I raise my hands aloft to God, that I might be held by God, just like a feather which has not weight from its own strength and lets itself be carried by the wind. – Hildegard of Bingen
The Cathedral strives to be “a house of prayer for all people.” We pray through worship, Bible studies, classes, and our life and ministry together. In addition, we offer several opportunities to explore and enrich your faith through contemplative practices, retreats, conferences, and creative experiences. We also invite you to visit the Lanier House, a former home nestled in the Cathedral campus, which is an oasis of quiet beauty in this busy city. Come rest on the porch, pray in the chapel, gather for study or fellowship in one of the house’s rooms, or walk through the gardens outside.
Ongoing Spirituality Practices:
EfM: Education for Ministry
Tuesdays, 7–10 p.m., September - May
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program of the School of Theology of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Participants commit only one academic year at a time, to participate in weekly, facilitated seminars that combine lesson discussion, theological reflection, worship, and community formation. Over the course of the four years, students study the Bible, church history, and theology, while reflecting on ministry and developing a wonderful spiritual community. For more information, contact Rick Tyler, 404-375-6470.
Taizé is an ecumenical monastic community in southern France that developed a beautiful style of prayer and attracts more than 2,000 visitors a week. During this service, simple chants are sung repetitiously; these chants become prayers of the heart. Scripture is heard, and there is an extended period of silent prayer. For more information, contact Sandra Carey, 404-680-0438. The service is offered every third Monday of the month from 8–9 p.m. in Mikell Chapel.
The labyrinth is an ancient path of prayer dating back to the medieval period of history. Every third Monday, we offer a facilitated labyrinth walk at 7 p.m., with an orientation at 6:30 p.m. for those new walkers. We also offer special, seasonal walks throughout the year. Brochures about the labyrinths are also available in the Atrium.
Our canvas indoor labyrinth is available in Child Hall most Sundays 3–8 p.m. It also may be used at alternate times by prior arrangement. The outdoor labyrinth in front of the Lanier House is open daily. For further information on this ministry, please contact Jeannie Mahood.
A dedicated community gathers for prayer weekly, 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Times of quiet reflection give us a chance to open ourselves deeply to the mystery of God's presence within us. All are welcome to join this contemplative prayer practice.