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, 404-365-1034.

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Upcoming Spirituality Events:


Lenten Quiet Day

Saturday, February 17

Wandering in the Wilderness – Without Getting Lost

The first thing that Jesus did after his baptism was to follow the Spirit into the wilderness. He spent forty days there dueling with the devil over whether and how he would engage the institutional powers of his day. His choices would determine what he would do and who he would be. Canon George Maxwell will lead us in several contemplative practices that are designed to guide us in this discernment.

The Quiet Day will take place in the Lanier House on the Cathedral campus, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, February 17. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Register for the Lenten Quiet Day here.


Women’s Lenten Retreat

Friday–Sunday, March 2–4

Icons Of Grace: Shining the Light of God’s Love Through Our Stories

featuring the Rev. Beth Knowlton

Join the women of the Cathedral on the 2018 Lenten Retreat, March 2-4 at Kanuga in Hendersonville, North Carolina, as we use the stories of scripture, our own lives, poetry, images, a contemplative art offering, and silence to more deeply cull the graces God gifts us. Plenty of time for rest, fellowship, and enjoying the beauty of Kanuga will be in the schedule!

The retreat leader will be The Rev. Beth Knowlton, Rector of St. Mark’s in San Antonio (and former Canon for Liturgy and Worship here at the Cathedral!). Learn more and register here.


A Day with Cynthia Bourgeault

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Cathedral is partnering with Contemplative Outreach Atlanta to bring the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault on March 17, 2018, for a daylong presentation on centering prayer. More info » 


Awake to Wellness Women's Retreat

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Episcopal Church Women of the Cathedral and Northside Church's Women's Ministry present this day with Dr. Cathy Snapp and Kitty Crenshaw, authors of The Hidden Life Awakened.

Learn more and register » 


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.

Centering Prayer

Centering prayer is a spiritual practice of quiet reflection that gives us a chance to open ourselves to the mystery of God’s presence within us. In addition to the morning retreats listed above, we have a centering prayer group that gathers on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Lanier House.


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 Mondays and Fridays 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

Hart Readers at the Cathedral Book Store

On first Thursdays, from 6:30–7:30 p.m., readers from the church and the broader community gather at the Cathedral Book Store, to discuss contemporary books and issues from a theological perspective. Discussions are facilitated by various clergy and lay teachers.