This coming Sunday (October 18, 2020) is a grand day because Bishop Robert L. Fitzpatrick will be celebrating the Convention Eucharist. As you may know, the Annual Convention is being held completely online (first time in our Diocesan history) on October 24, 2020. Generally, the opening Eucharist is held the day before the convention but due to extenuating factors we will be holding it this Sunday.
The day is elevated even more because it is an Ali’i Sunday, celebrating the birthday of Victoria Kawēkiu Kaʻiulani Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapa Cleghorn. Princess Ka‘iulani (October 16, 1875 – March 6, 1899) was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii and held the title of Crown Princess.
Kaʻiulani has been represented in the music and dance traditions of Hawaii through mele, oli and hula from the time she was born. She continues to inspire generations of Na Kanaka Maoli to traditional forms of honoring her as a beloved Aliʻi. This Sunday Royal Societies have been invited and will be in attendance. Read more about our beloved princess and see a poem to her by Robert Louis Stevenson.
In closing, let us pray for the Diocese of Hawai‘i:
O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to a goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our Bishop Robert L. Fitzpatrick, and other clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We hope to see you on this festive Sunday at 10am!