Dear Cathedral Ohana:
It’s a beautiful Wednesday morning as I look out my window toward Punchbowl Crater, and in spite of being sheltered in place at home, I am feeling grateful for a lot of things – a wonderful virtual worship, a supportive and prayerful Cathedral community and staff, and the fact that I am connecting with all of you, especially through our prayers for one another.
I’d like to thank the many of you who have sent in contributions to the Cathedral. I am very grateful, especially since the entire staff is still working (many of us from home). Please rest assured that the staff and I are in regular communication with one another and we are very dedicated to worship as well as maintaining the Cathedral’s buildings and grounds. Remember, you can always use Online Giving or send a check to the office.
Tomorrow morning we will have a special video offering of Bishop Fitzpatrick officiating during our virtual worship time at 9:00AM. Please be sure to tune in to this. The youth of the Cathedral came together to offer the prayers and it’s very touching. Also, Leohone has a piece of music that she is going to play after the Bishop’s sermon, during which we show different images of scenes from across the Hawaiian islands that I also found very touching. As we contend with COVID-19, it helps me remember that we live in a beautiful place and that is something for which we can all be grateful, because the beauty around us will help us get through the tough times.
In addition to our virtual worship tomorrow, we will have Morning Prayer on Friday at 9 AM, the Good Friday Liturgy at 12 noon, and Easter Sunday Liturgy of the Word at 10 AM. Please know that I am committed to doing virtual worship for the duration of our shelter in place order and I thank you for your faithfulness in participating. It does my heart good.
Please remember to take care of yourselves, to be good to one another, to be steadfast in your prayers, and to have faith that we will come out of this one day and that we will all be back together worshiping in the Cathedral sanctuary. That will indeed be a joyous day to which I very much look forward. In the meantime, please take care.