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!

The 5:30 pm "Lessons & Carols in Cars"
A closer view of the 5:30 service
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Louie and Harry Kusunoski
Auntie Paulette Moore
The Christmas Star appeares!
The "stage" ready for the 7:30 service
The Bishop speaks
Canon Sandy Graham, Vicar Heather Patton-Graham
Shot from Hawaii News Now's video of the service
Singing at the 7:30 service.
Mtr. Heather during one of the Lessons & Carols
The 2020 Creche
Verger Ann Hansen lighting the Advent wreath
People came early to the Midnight Mass
The Christmas altar
Special window treatments by the Altar Guild
Susie McCreary Dupree conducting the singers
Kimo and Leilani Kahoano were our lectors
Bishop Fitzpatrick presided at the Midnight Mass
At the end of this beautiful service
The star shone over the Cathedral that night.
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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.)