The Rev. Martin L. Smith Leads Advent Retreat at Trinity Cathedral

Contact: April Miller, 216-774-0479,

Saturday, Dec. 7  9 a.m.-4 p.m.

CLEVELAND—Advent quiet day – Who is this Stupendous Stranger? A challenging question inspired by the opening line of a great Anglican hymn celebrating the Incarnation. In this quiet time for reflection and prayer we will open the question for ourselves. Let’s be amazed all over again by the good news of God’s plunge into human embodiment in the person of Jesus and appreciate why the Incarnation is at the heart of Anglican Spirituality.

The Rev. Martin L. Smith, recently retired from St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., leads the retreat being held Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral. Registration fee is $35 and includes lunch. To register, contact the Rev. Kay Rackley at 216-774-0418 or email

Martin L. Smith is well known throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond as an interpreter of contemporary spirituality through books such as A Season for the Spirit, The Word is Very Near You, Reconciliation, Love Set Free, Compass and Stars, and as a preacher and leader of retreats and workshops. He has recently co-written with Dr. Julia Gatta Go in Peace: the Art of Hearing Confessions. His recent retirement from the staff of St Columba’s enables him to continue his wide-ranging ministry of teaching and writing.

In addition to leading Saturday’s retreat, Rev. Smith will be the guest preacher on Sunday, Dec. 8 at both the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services at Trinity Cathedral and joins the Very Rev. Tracey Lind as her forum guest at 10:10 a.m. to discuss, What’s so Great about Being Human? If the gospel is about being saved, then does it offer salvation from the dead end of cynicism, from the temptation to despair about the human condition? Can the secret of falling back in love with the human vocation lie in the central Christian proclamation that “God all bounteous, all creative, who from good no ills dissuade, is incarnate, and a native of the very world he made.” These are words of the Anglican poet, Christopher Smart, and in our forum we will draw on the poetry that draws us best into the mystery of the Incarnation as the key to a hope-filled life.

Trinity Cathedral is located at 2230 Euclid Ave. The Cathedral’s parking lot entrance is on Prospect Avenue at East 22nd Street. Overflow parking is available in the Cleveland State University Prospect garage. Parking is free. For more information, visit or call 216-771-3630.


About Trinity Cathedral:
Trinity Cathedral, the Episcopal Church in downtown Cleveland, invites participation from people of all faiths, races, nationalities and walks of life. For more information on Trinity Cathedral and its programs, please call 216-771-3630 or visit Trinity Cathedral is located at 2230 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland.