The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA


Spirituality logoAnd 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.

For more information about spirituality at the Cathedral, contact Canon Cathy Zappa, 404-365-1043, or Jeannie Mahood, 404-365-1031.

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Women's Lenten Retreat: The Gift of Sabbath

March 29-31, 2019
St. Mary's Retreat Center, Sewanee, Tennessee

“Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy” Exodus 20:8

Many of us long to slow down, rest, and set time apart for God, and yet we find it increasingly hard to observe the commandment, or to receive God’s gift, of sabbath. Join other women from the Cathedral this weekend, as we reflect on sabbath, learn from its wisdom, and, most important, simply keep sabbath together. In the beautiful setting of St. Mary’s Retreat Center in Sewanee, Tennessee, and in the sabbath spirit, there will be plenty of time to rest, play, enjoy the outdoors, and be in fellowship with God and one another.

The retreat will be led by the Rev. Cathy Zappa, canon for education and worship, and Jeannie Mahood, program coordinator for spirituality. Costs for the weekend, which cover lodging and meals, are $282 (private) and $225 (shared/double). The deadline for registration and payment is February 25. Space is limited so register soon!


Return and Rest: A Lenten Quiet Day

Saturday, March 16, 2019
The Lanier House

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved… Isaiah 30:15a

Give yourself a day of quiet and prayer as you prepare your heart for Easter. The Rev. Buddy Crawford, senior associate rector at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, will lead the program. Buddy is a familiar face here at the Cathedral; after his ordination he served on staff as assistant for pastoral care.

Lent is often focused on making penance, being sorrowful for failings, and confessing sins - what we think of as the work of repentance. However, the words in Hebrew “teshuvah” and Greek “metanoia” translated as repent literally mean “to turn” or “to return.” The parables in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures invite us to change directions in our hearts and minds. This “turning” is the first step that leads us back to fullness of life in God. The day will include time in silence and meditation, praying the scriptures, walking the labyrinth, and other creative activities.

The Quiet Day will take place in the Lanier House on the Cathedral campus, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, March 16. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Please register by contacting Jeannie Mahood, or 404-365-1031.


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.

Spiritual Formation and Nurture Committee

A group of people committed to fostering spiritual formation at the Cathedral meets regularly to plan events. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jeannie Mahood.


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

Centering Prayer

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.