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Requiem Eucharist Celebrating the Life of Bishop Edmond L. Browning

August 13, 2016 at 11 am , The Cathedral of St. Andrew – A Requiem Eucharist (with the service of Committal) will be celebrated in thanksgiving for the life of the Right Reverend Edmond L. Browning, 2nd Bishop of the Diocese of Hawaiʻi and 24th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 11:00 AM, in the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu. There…

Let us come together in prayer for the Nation

candle-flame-of-burning-candle-wallpaperEvensong for Justice and Peace
Sunday, July 10, 2016, 5:30 pm
The Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Episcopal Bishop of Hawaii
The Very Rev. Walter B.A. Brownridge, Dean of the Cathedral of St. Andrew

A Reflection by Bishop Fitzpatrick after a Tragic Week


As I said Morning Prayer this morning, I was stopped as I prayed Psalms 16 and 17. The final two verses of Psalm 16 (10 and 11) ran into the first two of Psalm 17 as a single prayer:

For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
nor let your holy one see the Pit.
You will show me the path of life; *
in your presence there is fullness of joy,
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.
Hear my plea of innocence, O LORD; give heed to my cry; *
listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *
let your eyes be fixed on justice.

I was queasy all week as news from Baton Rouge and then St. Paul unfolded, and then absolutely nauseous last night watching the news from Dallas. It was a living moment of Lamentations 2:11: “My eyes are spent with weeping; my stomach churns; my bile is poured out on the ground because of the destruction of my people, because infants and babes faint in the streets of the city.”

The peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors in Dallas were calling us to wake up to systemic violence and the power of racism (all to too unconscious and self-distructive) that permeates our society and too often our very being. In the midst of a cry for peace with justice, an act of violence and misplaced hate by an individual destroyed more lives and fanned the flames of fear. Again the cry from the opening verses of Psalm 13 come to mind: “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me for ever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long shall I have perplexity in my mind, and grief in my heart, day after day?”

In the midst of violence, the cry of peace cannot be silenced. In the face of fear, only the demand for justice can triumph. At the end of John’s Gospel, Jesus assures the Disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

I call the Diocese of Hawaiʻi to prayer: for the repose of the souls of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and the police officers murdered in Dallas; for our nation that we might overcome the ongoing result of the sins of the past without violence and hate; and for ourselves that we might each be instruments of peace and justice.

Your brother in Christ Jesus,
July 8, 2016

Choral Evensong for the Second Sunday of Advent

Narthex-Lights---DSC_0689Choral Evensong
St. Andrew’s Cathedral
Sunday, Dec. 6, 5:30 pm
The St. Andrew’s Priory Chamber Choir

Choral Evensong will be sung at The Cathedral of St. Andrew on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 pm. This beautiful service will be sung by the St. Andrew’s Priory Chamber Singers, featuring music of Advent. Evensong has been sung in Cathedral Churches for centuries and, through prayer and song, offers to God our thanks for the day that is past and seeks the light of God’s presence through the coming night. All are welcome. Parking is free. Calabash offering gratefully accepted. Click Read More to view the service music list.

Choral Evensong

Sunday, Sep. 27, 5:30 pm
The Cathedral of St. Andrew
Choral Evensong sung by the Diocesan Choir
In memory of Howard Wong
Installation of Officers of the American Guild of Organists Hawaii Chapter

Diocesan-Choir-SowersIMG_5766Choral Evensong at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Sunday, September 27th, is led by the Diocesan Choir–a group of singers who are passionate about singing cathedral–scale music in a grand, sacred space. …

Choral Evensong with the Men’s Schola

Mens-Schola-2014Choral Evensong
Sunday, Sep. 20, 5:30 pm
St. Andrew’s Cathedral
Sung by the Cathedral Men’s Schola

Choral Evensong will be sung by the Cathedral Men’s Schola at the Cathedral of St. Andrew on Sun., Sep. 20 at 5:30 pm, singing music of Charles Wood and Orlando di Lasso. Cathedral director of music, John Renke, will be the organist for this service. Evensong has been sung in Cathedral Churches for centuries and, through prayer and song, offers to God our thanks for the day that is past and seeks the light of God’s presence through the coming night. All are welcome. Parking is free. Calabash offering gratefully accepted. Click Read More to view the service music.

Cathedral Life – September 10, 2015

“Pa`akai a Malamalama”
(Salt and Light)

Reflections From the Dean

The Cathedral Faith Forum 2015

A Private & Public Faith: Seeking the Common Good

As I stated a few weeks ago, the role of religion and faith in the public sphere is an important issue that deserves serious inquiry. Just recently U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, “In fact, if I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion because that’s how integrated [religion] is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today entering college today, instead of majoring in Political Science [as I did 50 years ago].”

This year, our Cathedral Faith Forum programs will explore the issue of the public role of religion from the perspective of Christian theology and tradition and how this role relates to the private or personal application of faith. Of particular interest is the question underlying this subject: how can the Church help promote the common good?

We shall open with the first few sessions examining our biblical traditions and then going into the tradition from the early Church to the present. We shall be focusing on this topic on most of our Sunday Cathedral Forums through May–with some Sundays reserved for special topics. I have inserted the projected schedule for September through November.
Part One – The Biblical Precedent
The Dean & Rev. Neal MacPherson
The Prophet Nathan & King David
No Forum Mother Susan Farewell
Rev. Malcolm Chun
Naboth’s Vineyard
Rev. Neal MacPherson
Elijah in the Wilderness
Rev. Fr. Michael Lapsley, SSM
Public Theology and Healing
The Dean
W. Brueggemann – Prophet Imagination of John Bapt
The Dean and Rev. Stephanie Spellers
Public Theology and Mission
Part Two – The 20th Century Witness
Rev. Neal MacPherson
The Barmen Declaration
Rev. Neal MacPherson
The New Barmen Declaration
Rev. Neal MacPherson
W. Bruggemann – Communities of Hope
Feast of the Holy Sovereigns TBD
The Dean
Brueggemann – Prophet Imagination of Jesus

We shall begin this Sunday, September 13th. The Rev. Neal MacPherson will begin our journey with “The Prophet Nathan” and “King David.” I hope to see many of you.

Mahalo Nui Loa


Cathedral Life – Thursday, September 3, 2015

Completing the Mutual Ministry Review (MMR) Survey

Dean Brownridge Photo - January 2015The vision and work of a congregation is the shared joy and responsibility of the whole congregation. Although leaders are important, ministry is carried out by all of the baptized People of God. Our varied gifts and limitations mean that together, with the help of God’s transformative Spirit, can we grow to reflect the light of Christ that is within us, each and all.

The purpose of the Mutual Ministry Review is to provide a process and set of tools to enable us to review and strengthen our ministries as a Cathedral Congregation. In order for that purpose to be achieved, we ask you to complete this online survey. If an online survey is not possible for you to complete, hard copies will be provided upon request to the office.

Mahalo Nui Loa

Simply click this link which will bring you to “Survey Monkey.” 

We estimate that it will take about 30 minutes to complete the survey. Please respond as thoughtfully and frankly as possible.  All responses will be confidential. 

Evensong honoring Mtr. Anna Joo & Fr. David Oh

Sunday, Aug. 30, 5.30 pm
St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Anna,-David-OhThe Rev. Anna Joo and The Rev. David Oh will be honored at this Sunday’s Evensong at 5:30 pm, with blessings and thanksgiving for their ministries in the Diocese of Hawaii upon their return to South Korea. Mtr. Anna served as the Cathedral Curate from March of 2012 to July of 2013, serving as Chaplain to St. Andrew’s Schools, and assisting Fr. David with the Korean language Mission.  Most recently, Mtr. Anna and Fr. David have been the Vicars at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Honolulu. All are welcome to the Aloha reception which follows the service.

Cathedral Life – August 27, 2015

“Pa`akai a Malamalama”
(Salt and Light)

Reflections From the Dean

Theological Faith in the Real World

Christians face a challenge in living their faith. It often requires a subtle and insightful response to the world of work, family, relationships, and much more.

I believe that authentic Christian living requires a theological education, theological reflection, and contemplation. It is in that context that I highly recommend to you to participate in some offerings this fall that I hope will transform your life and ministry.

The first is my invitation for you to attend the informational presentation for Education for Ministry (EfM). It occurs this Sunday during the Faith Forum, and more detail is provided elsewhere in this issue of Cathedral Life. The second offering is for the women of the Cathedral to join Mother Susan in the Women’s Retreat (Saturday, September 19th), which is also noted elsewhere in the Cathedral Life.

EfM offers you the best opportunity for theological learning and reflection in the Episcopal Church. The Women’s Retreat is one of several spiritual offerings that enables us (men and women) to abide within God and gaze upon Christ as Christ gazes upon us.

Mahalo Nui Loa
To read the entire issue of Cathedral Life, click here.

Cathedral Life – Thursday, August 20, 2015

“Pa`akai a Malamalama”
(Salt and Light)

Reflections From the Dean

“A Private and Public Faith”

Dean Brownridge Photo - January 2015At the end of May, Pope Francis issued his now famous encyclical called “Laudato Si’ (translated “Praise Be to You”) – On Care for Our Common Home.” It has generated much attention, both positive and negative. One American Roman Catholic politician was asked for his opinion on the encyclical. He replied: “I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don’t get my economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope.” He continued by saying religion “ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting into the political realm.”

I have heard that same sentiment expressed by people who wonder about clergy and other Christians who cite their faith as a source for political or public policy positions. There is a concern that this kind of activity is somehow a violation of the constitutional concept of “Separation of Church and State.”

In truth, this issue is more complex than a catch phrase or slogan. The issue of Christians in public life requires nuance in order to discuss this topic intelligently. Accordingly, I am considering using our upcoming year of Faith Forum programs to explore the issue of the public role of religion at least from the perspective of Christian theology and tradition, and how this role relates to private or personal application of faith.

I look forward to your participation and input. The Faith Forum will resume on Sunday, September 13th.

Mahalo nui loa,

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