The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Advent Quiet Day

How Can It Be? Entering the Mystery of the Incarnation

Saturday, December 2, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


An angel appears to Mary and reports that she will give birth to the Son of God. Before she can make her transformative declaration, “Let it be me,” Mary first asks, “How can it be?” Zechariah, the shepherds, and others in Scripture offer similar questions when confronted by the mystery of God. How can it be? How can it be that the God of the universe chose to become human? How can it be that this baby is God Made Flesh, God With Us, the Messiah? It’s such an honest, human question.

We try so hard to understand God with our rational minds. Yet God is Mystery; it’s not possible to comprehend God and God’s ways. The invitation, then, is first to allow compassionate space for our questions and doubts. Then we can let our minds rest and enter into Mystery; we can follow the example of Mary and others and let go, trust, and open ourselves to a Love that is beyond anything we could ever hope for or imagine.

Join us for our annual Advent Quiet Day as we sit with the mystery of God’s incarnation. Using a variety of spiritual practices, we’ll hold space for our questions and doubts, sit with the mystery of God, and prepare to receive the marvelous, unfathomable gift of God’s Son this Christmas. The day will be led by Kristen E. Vincent, an author, spiritual director, and retreat leader who holds a Master of Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School and is a graduate of the Academy for Spiritual Formation.

The Quiet Day will take place in the Lanier House on the Cathedral campus, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 2.  The cost is $20 and includes lunch.  Please register before November 29.  For more information contact Jeannie Mahood, or 404-365-1031.