Christmas Eve at the Cathedral, 2020

It was a different Christmas, for certain! But with everyone (including St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s) participating, it was a beautiful and blessed occasion. On Christmas Eve, we held two drive-in services, with clergy and musicians on the steps of the Cathedral and people attending in their cars or carefully distanced on the lawn, and tuned in to the sound on a private FM channel. Safe in their cars, people could sing along all their favorite carols! The 5:30 pm service was also streamed on Facebook.

A traditional “Midnight Mass” was held in the Cathedral, with music from the Cathedral’s Five Voice Choir distanced and protected, but no less beautiful. It was also live streamed on Facebook. Bishop Fitzpatrick presided. The service ended with candlelight in the darkened nave. Certainly a Christmas Eve to remember!

Many thanks to Ann Hansen, Devin Alford, Aggie Stevens Gleason Kusunoski, Matt Brown, Liane Lazo, Mtr. Heather Patton-Graham, and Fr. Keleawe Hee for their pictures!

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We are so grateful for all the hands and hearts who made this happen. Now, on to 2021 together to do…

“The Work of Christmas”

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.
Amen

(As shared on Christmas Day at the Cathedral. A prayer by Howard Thurman.)