Dear Cathedral Ohana:
As I write to you this Wednesday morning, the sun is coming up over Punchbowl Crater and casting its light into my living room here in Chinatown. My apartment is getting brighter and brighter as the sun rises in the morning sky, bringing to mind the Advent Processional that Todd and the choir worked so hard to offer to all of us on Sunday evening. Their hard work definitely paid off for the more than 85 of us who showed up to the service and who were very moved not only by the music, but also by the prayers and the gradual progression of the candles around the columns being lit as the choir processed, song by song, toward the Advent wreath. Not only was it a beautiful service, but it also heightened the sense of anticipation that we are called on to have at this time of year as we kept wondering and wondering what song was going to be prayed next. It was an amazing evening of worship and music, and I want to thank Todd and the choir, as well as the ushers, servers, readers, and Altar Guild members who all came together to make this possible, not only for the Cathedral but also for the wider community.
I’d like to reiterate my announcement on Sunday morning that you are all welcome to make a donation toward the flowers that will decorate the Cathedral sanctuary for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Last week I inadvertently wrote that poinsettias would be available for sale and I was in error, thinking back to what we used to do at Holy Apostles Hilo. My apologies to all of you for the confusion.
The Worship Committee met Thursday evening last week. The bulk of our conversation was around planning for our upcoming Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. Another significant thing that we discussed was our plan to develop worship booklets for each liturgical season-something we would like to launch on January 6 for Epiphany. The idea is that we will produce a standard worship booklet for each season and each service that we will pass out and collect back again at the end of church. We will then put in an insert that will have the readings and hymns for the day. This is all in an effort to save paper and also to make sure that every person who comes has all the words necessary to participate fully in the service. We are already doing this at the 5:30 Saturday evening service and it is working very well. I assure you that we will use large fonts so that people will be able to see
Chris Bridges Ordination
Many of us made our way to Holy Nativity Church in Aina Haina on Saturday to attend the ordination of The Rev. Chris Bridges to the priesthood. As you know, Chris was the Junior Warden at the Cathedral before he went to Sewanee, Tennessee for his seminary studies. It was a joyful morning and wonderful to see someone so faithful and dedicated to the church live into his call, in this case to the ordained ministry. We send our congratulations to Fr. Chris.
On Sunday afternoon I attended a Kuana Torres concert at the Hawaii Theatre where the opening act for the show was Ei Nei. As many of you know, Ei Nei came and played at our stewardship dinner and Ekolu Chang (who has frequently made appearances at the 8:00 service to share his music) is part of the trio. Ekolu’s mother and brother regularly serve in the altar party at 8:00. Ei Nei did a stunning performance and we all wanted them to sing longer. Needless to say, I am very proud of Ekolu and his trio.
Please take care until we see each other at worship this weekend.