Faced with public health advisories to stay at home in order to avoid transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the Cathedral cancelled all services after March 15. Instead, we instituted a program of live-streamed Morning Prayer from the Wahi Kapu and, on March 22, streamed a Liturgy of the Word from the Cathedral’s nave, which was watched by over 200 people throughout Hawai‘i and even on the mainland. However, shortly thereafter, a lockdown was declared, and we were forced to abandon even this strategy.
Since then, Fr. Moki Hino has been maintaining the schedule of daily Morning Prayer and Sunday Liturgy of the Word from his apartment in Chinatown, with production assistance from Dixie Katsu, who lives in the same building. Secretary Lauren Houghtailing is emailing everyone on the Cathedral’s email list a link to download bulletins for every service the prior evening, so they can fully participate in the service. Dedicated volunteers (including Uncle Kimo Kahoano, above) have been recording videos of themselves reading the lessons, which are then shown during the streaming services (see the photo). Musical offerings are contributed by Director of Music Leohone Magno and others, and we have made use of existing recordings of music from parishioners. Using these strategies, we will be presenting Holy Week services with additional guest participants as follows:
- Palm Sunday, April 5, 10 am: Liturgy of the Word, with a special display of palms!
- Monday-Wednesday: Daily Morning Prayer, 9:00 am
- Maundy Thursday, April 9: Liturgy of the Word, Renewal of Baptismal Vows, the Reaffirmation of Ordination Vows, and the Blessing of Oils, with Bishop Fitzpatrick
- Friday, April 10: Morning Prayer, 9:00 am.
Good Friday Liturgy, 12:00 noon
- Easter Sunday Service, 10:00 am, April 12, with special guests
To participate in these services, all you have to do is watch for the emailed bulletin link on the preceding afternoon, download it, and print. Then a few minutes before the service time, go the Cathedral’s Facebook page and scroll down until you see the live stream. You do not have to have a Facebook account; all services are public. Following each service the entire video is available for watching on Facebook: just go the the same Facebook page and click on the Videos link on the left side.
It is our sincere hope that you and many others will find these opportunities for worship a comfort and help during these difficult times, and that you will take care of yourself and stay safe and healthy!