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.
Advent Quiet Day: Preparing the Heart in Advent
“Our brokenness is the wound through which the full power of God can penetrate our being and transfigure us in God.” – Jean Vanier
The quiet day will take place in the Lanier House on the Cathedral campus, 9:30 a .m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, December 1.
In this Advent quiet day, come spend time preparing your heart for the birth of Wisdom. The heart can be prepared to welcome the Christ, born in the poorest, mostly unlikely corner of our hearts. This day will include opportunities for wisdom practices that prepare and open the heart for transformation: chant, extended silence for individual reflection with readings, the labyrinth, and body prayer.
The quiet day will be led by Lisa Persons, M.Div., who is a spiritual director at Amerson House Spirituality Center behind St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. She is a long-time associate of Green Bough House of Prayer, has studied intensively with Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, and has organized monthly Taizé prayers in the Atlanta area since 1992.
The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Please register before November 27 at cathedralATL.org/quietday or by contacting Jeannie Mahood, jmahood@cathedralATL.org 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.
A dedicated community gathers for prayer weekly. Times of quiet reflection gives 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.