The Year of the Body

Every year Grace Cathedral chooses a theme to unify and inspire our community to improve their lives and the world. Our 2019 theme is the body.  Join us in exploring this theme through worship, the arts, social justice and more.

Upcoming Events

Dinner with Grace
December 17 and 18Dinner with Grace is a collaborative ministry of Grace Cathedral, Episcopal Community Services and the formerly homeless living in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Dinner with Grace – through the preparation and sharing of a healthy meal – builds community, engenders empathy, ends isolation and combats loneliness for individuals transitioning out of homelessness and volunteers.



LINES Ballet Training and BFA Programs Showcase
Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. 

A showcase performance by students in the LINES Ballet Training and BFA Programs, and part of our Artist in Residence programming with internationally-known choreographer Alonzo King.


Alonzo King LINES Ballet World Premiere
Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a world-premiere performance by internationally-celebrated choreographer Alonzo King and his stunning contemporary ballet company, LINES Ballet. Grace Cathedral’s 2019 Artist in Residence, King will continue the cathedral’s year-long exploration of “The Year of the Body” in this culminating event of his residency.

Presented for two nights only, the site-specific ballet draws inspiration from diverse sacred music traditions and investigates the relationship between our spiritual and physical selves. With limited seating for each performance, this is a rare opportunity to experience King’s extraordinary dancers and thought-provoking choreography in an intimate and unique setting. The ballet has been choreographed specifically for the cathedral and will unfold in the spacious nave framed bythe cathedral’s stunning stained-glass windows.




Prayers for the Year of the Body

One of these could be an all year opening prayer …
Creator God, you delight in humanity and chose to share our bodily existence.
May we bring all that we are – our spiritual intelligent bodies – into our worship, so that we may be completely present to your love and fully open to your transforming Spirit. We pray this in the name of the incarnate one, Jesus Christ.

Incarnate God, you love all of us, our bodies, minds and hearts. May we learn so to love one another that we truly become the Body of Christ in this place. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Friend, Brother and Savior. Amen.

Seasonal Prayers

Opening Prayer – Epiphany

Holy God
You revealed your love to all people by being born as one of us. Help us now to reveal your love to the world by recognizing the beauty of all human bodies and learning to treat them with love and respect. Through the incarnate one, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Opening Prayer – Lent and Passiontide

Holy God, in Christ’s passion we see the wounded bodies of all who suffer. Make us agents of your healing justice and transformative love; and send your Spirit so that all pain may be transfigured by divinity. Through our wounded healer and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Opening Prayer – Easter

Life-Giving God, you raised Christ in the glory of divinity. May we be filled with your joy in both body and soul, dancing with renewed life and hope this Eastertide. Through Jesus Christ our risen savior. Amen



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