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.

Previous Events

In the Body of the Word: Women’s Bodies in Scripture

Thursday, January 31 and February 7 at 6 pm

Holy Wisdom, fallen Eve, the Samaritan woman at the well, or Paul’s companion Lydia, women and women’s bodies are marked in diverse ways in Scripture — to varying effect across the ages. Explore these themes in two sessions, led by the Rev. Kristin Saylor, Director of Formation, and the Rev. Anna Rossi.



Dinner with Grace

January 15 and 16 at the Mentone
January 29 and 30 at the Crosby

Dinner 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.



San Francisco Movement Arts Festival

Friday, January 25 at 6 pm

Over 250+ Local Artists in Dance, Theater, Music & Visual Arts – SFMAF 2019 is celebrating the movement arts & turning the entire cathedral into a stage – including the main floor, attached chapels, hallways, stairways and front entry way. As you enter the cathedral, multiple stations of the Movement (performances) will be going on, simultaneously, throughout the cathedral. Stroll around, at your own pace, witness the artists once and go back to see some favorites.

This event is currently sold out, but limited tickets will be available at the door.


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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