For over a thousand years, many people have been fascinated and inspired by Cathedrals. A Cathedral is many things to a variety of people. To many people they think it is simply a big Church. Today we might call a major city sports arena or ballpark a cathedral. The analogy is perhaps more than one might think. If you understand that as a sports arena brings together an entire community to celebrate a common purpose. Cathedrals today and particularly this great cathedral seek something similar but more profound. The Cathedral of Saint Andrew exists to proclaim the Glory of God. We do this by seeking, proclaiming and celebrating the True, the Good and the Beautiful. Welcome to our website, and I hope that it will inspire you to visit in person.
We are a Community that Seeks and Proclaims God’s Truth
“(Jesus said) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4: 18 -19
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19 – 20
We are a Christian Church – not merely a building, but a community of faith
We are a people that proclaim the inclusive love of God for all. We begin with love because that is the ethic that our Lord Jesus Christ lived every moment of his earthly life. In that spirit we seek to live up to our promises at baptism to invite all persons into a relationship with Christ, and each other as we strive to respect the dignity of all. In this we way, our faith is both ancient and new. We are rooted in our Anglican (Episcopal) tradition, yet at the same time we are able to transcend the narrowness of certain older ways of thinking. We engage the contemporary world without fear, while being an antidote to the groundlessness some experience in modern (and post – modern) culture. One way we do this is by seeking to live into the truth of our location. You see the word for our island – Oahu, which means The Gathering Place.
We are a Community that Strives to Proclaim God’s Goodness
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
As the “Oahu Cathedral” we strive to be a Tower of Reconciliation shows our love for all through outreach and service to all those in need. We also seek to examine and transform the structural evils that create human suffering. Thus we proclaim Christian hope and justice with Hawaiian Aloha. In this way, while remaining a Christian Cathedral, we strive to be a crossroads, or exchange for ecumenical and religious dialogue. Cathedrals have always been places of pilgrimage for Christians (and others who seek the holy) and we are no exception. This means we not only seek Christ in Church but also in our work places, in the soup kitchens for the homeless, and everywhere humanity lives, loves, laughs, suffers, and dies. I have always found the final verse of an untitled poem by the 19th Century British poet and Jesuit, | Gerald Manley Hopkins, to be my guide. The sonnet begins “As kingfishers catch fire” and closes as follows:
. . . Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.
We are a Community that Celebrates the Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty
‘Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, let the whole earth stand in awe of him.’ Psalm 96: 9
This Cathedral building is a place of beauty, yet we also proclaim beauty in how we live, love each other and all who come through our doors. We also offer a wealth of beauty through our programs of music and our splendid architecture. This heritage belongs to all, regardless of belief. Thus, whatever your faith tradition (or not) you are welcome here.
More importantly we celebrate beauty of holiness in our worship. We give glory to God in primarily in our worship. We offer five services each weekend (four of them Holy Eucharist (also called Holy Communion or the Mass) where meet Christ in Word and in the Sacrament of the Altar. Some of these services are quiet simple and said, others with choral music (both English and Hawaiian). It is through our worship that we are inspired and empowered to go out and serve God in the world seeking to be a source of healing and hope in a world of brokenness.
My Blessing to You
I hope discovering this Community through this website or in person brings you joy. I also hope that as you explore the beauty of our cathedral building, enjoy our splendid music, worship with us or volunteer to serve those in need in our city, it will help you discover the beauty of inner holiness, in whatever way is right for you.
The Very Rev. Walter Brownridge,
Dean of The Cathedral of Saint Andrew
So what is a Cathedral?
As a Cathedral Dean I have always been fascinated by this question. You also may wonder about what is a Cathedral. The following statement by a Dutch theologian, Albert van den Heuvel in 1966, summarizes the role of a cathedral in a manner that I like.
The Role of the Cathedral
A Sign of Pro-Existence
Visibly existing for the whole community
of Diversity in Unity
A Pentecostal Laboratory
A place to experiment “to let the Spirit in”
A Temple of Dialogue
A Theatre of Basic Drama
For the public exorcism of pessimism
An International Exchange
A Tower of Reconciliation
A Motel for Pilgrims
The House of Vicarious Feasts
The Hut of the Shepherd
Where the Bishop and Religious leaders can make compassion evident
A ‘ Broadcasting/Communication Station’
For the voice of the poor
A Public Square
Where faith can be heard
The Shelter for High Altar of the Diocese