The CATHEDRAL TIMES The weekly newsletter of the Cathedral of St. Philip · Serving Atlanta and the World · March 17, 2019
CHURCH BRINGS OUT THE ROTE IN ALL OF US! By the Very Rev. Sam Candler Dean of the Cathedral It’s an almost automatic process for frequent participants in Holy Communion. If our habit is to kneel at the altar rail each Sunday, we do so while at the same time holding out our outstretched palms. It’s automatic. We do it by rote. We kneel and extend our hands out for communion, without even thinking about it. Except it’s Ash Wednesday this time! And we are supposed to be receiving ashes on our foreheads, without using our hands at all! When I, as a priest, greet people following the 4:00 Evensong service, they are very gracious; and they greet me out of polite, and appreciated, habit. Then, they say, automatically, “Good morning!” They do it by rote. Except it is the afternoon! Almost every priest I know has also been greeted after the service with, “That was a good sermon, pastor,” and they are always appreciative. Except, they did not deliver the sermon that day! In the same way, we are all used to saying things like “Happy Birthday!” So, when it is Easter at church, the greeting is a joyful, Happy Easter!” or an excited, “Merry Christmas!” We do it by rote. But what if the day, or season, is not supposed to be exactly “Happy?” That happened to me this last Ash Wednesday. A church guest was being perfectly polite. He greeted me at church with the words, “Happy Ash Wednesday!” And he meant it. I was glad to get the greeting. But is Ash Wednesday supposed to be a happy day? During this holy season of Lent, what exactly is our ecclesiastical greeting supposed to be? “Happy Lent?” Perhaps it is supposed to be “Blessed Lent.” Or “Holy Lent.” Well, in my opinion, any sincere greeting will do just fine. In the long run, it is good to do things by rote in the Church. I know that learning “by rote” can seem out of fashion. It means we sometimes recite tables and declinations and greetings without really thinking about what we mean, without engaging in creative or abstract thinking. Yes, talking without thinking can be a bad thing! On the other hand, many of the things we do, or say, out of habit, are good and useful parts of society. “Good morning!” is a pleasant and excellent greeting! “Happy Day to you!” is also a helpful greeting! And knowing multiplication tables and periodic tables and language tenses is necessary in this world! What does, or did, the word “rote” originally mean, anyway? Well, it looks like the word, “rote” has uncertain historical background. But it might have meant, not just the “root” of something, but the “heart” of something. That’s why another way of saying we have learned something “by rote,” is to say that we have learned something “by heart.” I always want us to act and think creatively and abstractly! But I also want us to act and think out of habit, out of good and healthy habit. Thus, I do not mind if we say things in Church “by rote.” When we say prayers like the Lord’s Prayer by rote, it does not mean that we are wasting the words. It means we are saying the prayers so often that they are becoming part of our hearts. We are saying the Lord’s Prayer “by heart.” Yes, Church brings out the “rote” in all of us! What I mean is that, “Church brings out the heart in all of us!” Here’s to a happy and blessed and holy and sincere Lent, for us all. We follow the seasonal rota once again. I look forward to repeating ancient prayers, traditional formulas, over and over again, until they are truly part of my heart.
MARCH 17, 2019 · The Second Sunday in Lent, Year C
Genesis 15:1-12,17-18 · Psalm 27 · Philippians 3:17-4:1 · Luke 13:31-35
7:45 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, MIKELL CHAPEL
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Thee Smith
8:45 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, CATHEDRAL Celebrant: The Very Rev. Sam Candler Preacher: The Rev. Canon Cathy Zappa Cathedral Choristers and Choristers from the Cathedral of Christ the King: Robert J. Powell, Like a flowing river David Ashley White, A Lenten Prayer
9 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, MIKELL CHAPEL
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Thee Smith
11:15 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, CATHEDRAL Celebrant: The Very Rev. Sam Candler Preacher: The Rev. Canon Cathy Zappa Upper Schools Chorale of St. Alban’s School and the National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C. (Brandon Straub, director) Antonio Vivaldi, “Et in terra pax” from Gloria Stephen Paulus, The Road Home arr. Josephine Poelinitz, City Called Heaven Sergei Rachmaninoff, Bogoroditse devo John Rutter, For the beauty of the earth
11:15 A.M. LA SANTA EUCARISTÍA, MIKELL CHAPEL Celebrant: The Rev. Canon Lauren Holder Preacher: The Rev. Deacon Juan Sandoval
4 P.M. DIOCESAN CONFIRMATION, CATHEDRAL Celebrant: The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright Preacher: The Rt. Rev. Paul Lambert The Choir of St. David’s, Roswell (Sue Mitchell-Wallace, organist-choirmaster): John Ireland, Greater love hath no man Johannes Brahms, Let nothing ever grieve thee Will Todd, Call to Wisdom
EDUCATION LENTEN SERIES WITH DR. LUKE TIMOTHY JOHNSON MIRACLES, THEN AND NOW: GOD’S PRESENCE AND POWER IN CREATION SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 10:10 A.M. WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 20, MARCH 27, APRIL 3, AND APRIL 10 DINNER 5:30 P.M.
PROGRAM 6 P.M.
Miracles are not conf ined to the stories of scripture; these signs of God's presence and power in creation are experienced throughout our daily existence. Yet cultural challenges and modernity's skepticism have marginalized belief in them as unreasonable and irrational. Johnson reclaims Christian belief in miracles as integral to recovering a proper and strong sense of creation, recognizing the validity of personal experience and narrative and asserting the truth-telling quality of myth. CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING ALSO AVAILABLE In addition to Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson's Lenten Series in Child Hall, these Sunday classes meet at 10:10 a.m.
ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASS Adult Confirmation class is held in Room 120 during the 10:10 a.m. Sunday School hour. These classes are open to all, regardless of plans to be confirmed. In the fall, our Living Faith class studied “Falling in Love with the Bible Again.” This is a continuation of that conversation, but moving to “Falling in Love with the Church Again.” Those wishing to participate in this class in order to be confirmed, re-affirmed, or received should contact Canon Lauren Holder, lholder@ cathedralATL.org, and mark your calendars for our April 28 confirmation service.
SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY Room 122 Jim Bingham and Gordon Mathis lead an ongoing small group Bible Study focusing on the book of Exodus. For more information, please contact Jim Bingham at 404-373-3273.
The CATHEDRAL of ST. PHILIP
The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler, Dean Dale Adelmann, Ph.D., Canon for Music The Rev. Lauren R. Holder, Canon for Outreach and Congregational Life The Rev. George M. Maxwell, Jr., Vicar The Rev. Catherine Zappa, Canon for Education and Worship The Rev. John William Harkins III, Ph.D., Priest Associate The Rev. Deacon Juan Sandoval, Deacon for Hispanic Ministries The Rev. Theophus “Thee” Smith, Ph.D., Priest Associate The Rev. Carolynne G. Williams, Canon Associate for Pastoral Care and Elder Ministry Austin Hall, Senior Warden Dorsey DeLong, Junior Warden
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CONGREGATIONAL Life HOSPICE ATLANTA BEREAVEMENT WORKSHOP
The Cathedral at Kanuga Parish retreat May 24-26
Cathedralatl.org/Kanuga Join us in the mountains for the 2019 parish retreat at Kanuga in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Register before March 8 with the code â€œEARLYâ€? for a 10% discount!
Hospice Atlanta is offering a one day bereavement workshop called Camp STARS InTown for individuals and families this Saturday, March 16 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Cathedral. The day will include a variety of activities such as art projects, adult and children support groups, and team building activities all led by counselors, social workers, chaplains, community volunteers, and other bereavement specialists. There will be many opportunities for everyone to bond as a community and to meet others who are also on a grief journey. There is a $25 registration fee per individual or family (regardless of the number of individuals who you consider to be your family unit) which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Register online at vnhs.org/hospice-atlanta/intown. Or, call Deana Porter, 404-869-3072, or Canon Cathy Zappa, 404-365-1043, for more information.
SPIRITUALITY RETURN AND REST: A LENTEN QUIET DAY
THE GIFT OF SABBATH
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved… Isaiah 30:15a
WOMEN'S LENTEN RETREAT: MARCH 29–31
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 at cathedralATL. org/quietday or by contacting Jeannie Mahood, jmahood@ cathedralATL.org or 404-365-1031.
“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). Register online at cathedralATL.org/lentenretreat, or contact Jeannie Mahood, jmahood@cathedralATL.org or 404-365-1031, for further information. Space is limited so register soon!
LABYRINTH WALK AND TAIZÉ Get your week off to a peaceful start with a labyrinth walk and Taizé this Monday, March 18. A labyrinth
introduction will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Child Hall, followed by a facilitated walk from 7-8 p.m. The
Taizé prayer service starts at 8 p.m. in Mikell Chapel. As we walk the labyrinth and pray at Taizé this Lenten season, let us look within and listen to that inner voice speaking to us for peace and reconciliation in our lives. Use the labyrinth path we walk to “Release, Receive and Return,” to get back on track with our spiritual lives, or perhaps to find a new way. Originating in Taizé, France, this simple service of scripture, music, and candlelight will bring a beautiful and prayerful close to your Monday. The labyrinth and Taizé take place every third Monday of the month. Come to one, or both – and bring a friend!
Cathedral BOOK STORE ANSWERING THE CALL TO PRAY: ANCIENT CHRISTIAN WISDOM FOR FINDING THE LOVE OF GOD IN OUR HEARTS AND IN OUR LIVES SATURDAY, MARCH 23 — 9 A.M. – 3 P.M. Ever since the disciples said to Jesus, “teach us to pray,” Christians have sought to deepen their faith through spiritual disciplines such as prayer, meditation, and contemplation. The Bible tells us to “be still and know God” — but for many of us, living busy and active lives, prayer often seems like something awkward or just plain unattainable. Or, we might remember to pray earnestly for our needs — but isn’t there more to Christian spirituality? Answering the Call to Pray is a daylong workshop focusing on the most important of all quests — seeking the presence and love of God in our lives to equip us to live more faithfully and joyfully as Christians in today’s world. Carl McColman is a Christian writer, speaker, and teacher. He is the author of books like Answering the Contemplative Call, An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom, and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. He regularly teaches and leads retreats at churches, conference centers, monasteries, and seminaries. This program is co-sponsored by the Cathedral Book Store, Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, and the Cathedral of Christ the King.
PURCHASE TICKETS BY MARCH 18 AT CATHEDRALBOOKSTORE.ORG $25 GENERAL ADMISSION
E A S T E R F LOW E R D O N AT I O N S Please consider making a donation for flowers, in memorial or thanksgiving, to decorate the Cathedral for Easter Day by Sunday, April 14. Please note that any gift received after April 14 will ONLY be printed in the Cathedral Times due to print deadlines. Visit the Flower Guild table in the Atrium on Sundays, complete and return the form below, or make your donation online at cathedralATL.org/easterflowers.
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BOOK STORE SEEKS MANAGER The Cathedral Book Store is accepting applications for a full time manager. The store manager oversees all the daily operations of the store, managing all employees and volunteers. The manager also oversees the implementation of its merchandising, marketing, advertising, and financial strategy while maintaining its mission of creating an engaged and thoughtful community where everyone can find something to enrich or inspire them on their faith journey. Contact Fay Swennes, email@example.com or 404237-2523, for a more detailed job description or to apply.
FOYERS Do you enjoy eating good food and meeting new people? Then Foyers is for you! Experience friends, food, and fellowship in small groups of 8-10 each month beginning with Super Foyers on Sunday, April 7 at 6 p.m. in Child Hall. Please contact Jennifer DuBose, firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, address, phone number, and email to sign up.
Esquina HISPÁNICA Clases de Primera Comunión cada Dominga hasta 28 Abril. Los clases son el salón 239 a las 1010 a.m. Solamente en 21 Abril no hay clase por Pascua.
Domingo de Ramas tenemos procesión alrededor de la iglesia. Nos juntamos a las 11am en frente de la entrada de la iglesia. Via Crucis es servicio de Viernes Santo en la Capilla Mikell. 19 Abril a las 7 p.m. Pascua es 21 de Abril en la Capilla Mikell a las 1115 a.m. Servicio con Primera Comunión es 5 Mayo en la Capilla Mikell a las 1115 a.m.
PRAYER List FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL OR RECOVERING: LONG TERM PRAYERS T. Mayo and Pat Atkins • Virginia Bicksler • John Blair • Ian and Julie Bond • Pat Brinson • Dick Burgin • LeCretia Burton • Wicke Chambers • Heather Clark • Terry Dornbush • Sarah duBignon • Kitty Dukehart •
Lynn Alexander Ehrlicher • Randy Farmer • Jimmy Fluker • Betty Hall • William Ham • Jane Hannah • Caroline Hatcher • Katie Hughey • Barbara Johnson • Louise Kan • Jack Lumanog • Elaine Lyon • Frank
Mathews • Lorri McClain • Carol McDonald • Jim McKenzie • Cecil Miner • Charlie Neal • Paul O'Connor • Marian Palmore • Garry Pryor • Rubye and Wayne Reid • Pamela Reid • Agnes Elizabeth Robertson • Louis
"Skip" Schueddig • Clark Shelton • Brian Sturgell • Ruth Swanson • Julie Thompson • Faye Van Winkle • Barbara Condrey • Andy Westafer • Sandy Williamson • Hollis Youngner
FAMILY AND FRIENDS Wendy Adelmann • Alex Collins Astrop • Bettina Bass • Kenneth Carlson • Romania Cline • Joseph Counahan •
Tangi and Zakariyah Cummings • Sandra Daniel • Lee Dvonch • Cheryl • Helen Nixon Fleming • Connie
Fort’a • Carleton Fuller • Peggy Govan • Bobby Hearn • Greg Hentz • Heather Hooper • Dan Howett • Sun Ja Kim • Betty C. Lyons • Pat Martin • Michelle Maxwell • Michael McClelland • Andy Nelson • Steven
Norman • Olive Nworie • Penelope Rose Price • Betty and Bill Poole • Alphonsus Quinn • Lolita Rochon •
Frank Roth • James Sands • Ken Singleton • Sophia, Omar Felipe, and Felipe Daniel • Karen Powell Spruill • Tina Susco • Woodrow Talley • Pierson Thames • Roger Traylor • Janiece Townshend • Ron M. Wallace • Katharine Massengale Walter • Marion Wilson • Whit A. Wright • Patricia Young
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED Mark Brennan • Romania Cline • Peter Hurford • Ruth Ratchford
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THRIFT House Thank you for all your support of the Cathedral Thrift House Follies! It was wonderful having so many of you there raising money for two wonderful causes. Huge thanks again to Lola and Charlie Battle for serving as our honorary co-chairs! Please don’t forget to support our beneficiary, Respite Care Atlanta, and to continue to fuel the good work of the Thrift House with your fabulous donations. We are currently in need of: best seller books; high quality apparel and housewares; furniture; jewelry; and artwork. Thank you for your generosity!
ATLANTA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA AND CATHEDRAL SCHOLA Friday, March 15 – at the Cathedral Saturday, March 16 – at St. David's Episcopal Church, Roswell Tickets at the Cathedral Book Store or cathedralATL.org/concerts
MARKET SEASON HAS BEGUN! SATURDAYS 8:30 A.M. - 12 NOON
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