photo: Fr. Moki Hino, The Cathedral of St. Andrew (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Message from Fr. Moki, March 11, 2020

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

As I write to you this week, the world seems like a different place to me. COVID-19 is definitely having an impact, and it’s making me realize how interconnected we actually all are. In the midst of taking precautions, I think it’s also important to pray for a quick resolution to this virus as well as to pray for all who are adversely affected.

I would really, really like to thank everyone for being so gracious about honoring requests about how to do The Peace and Holy Communion. I know how important it is for many of you to take communion in both kinds and that for some, the request was difficult to honor. Having said that, please know that I am not only grateful but also touched at the way we all rallied on Sunday to minimize risks.

Another amazing thing about Sunday was that at the 10:30 service, we had five people singing in the choir. In spite of that, they rose to the occasion and truly in ahead and start worshiping a prayerful way through their gift of song.

And in the midst of these kinds of challenges, life goes on and I have a few more things that I would like to let you know about.

Naim Ateek and Sabeel
There were two events scheduled for Naim Ateek and Sabeel and due to risks concerning COVID-19, we have elected to postpone these events and they will not take place on March 14 and March 22 as scheduled. Our Evensong scheduled for 5:30 on Sunday, March 22, however, will go ahead as planned.

EOW at 10:30
This past Sunday was the first time used the EOW format for the 10:30 service and I found that although it was different, I really got into it. Several of you also expressed similar sentiments, saying that the different language really gave you the opportunity to think about what you were saying and praying and I think that’s a good thing.

Richard Nagashima
Please remember that we will have services for Uncle Richard Nagashima this coming Saturday, March 14 at 10:00 AM, with visitation beginning at 8:30 AM. At 9:00 AM, Aunty Vicky Hollinger will be there with her guitar and anyone who would like to join in the kanikapila with ukulele and/or voices is invited and encouraged to join in.

New Hedge
As I mentioned several months back, there has been a plan to plant a hedge along the mauka perimeter of the Cathedral premises. That plan has come to fruition and the hedge has been planted by the school who will take care of its care and maintenance.

That is all I have for this week. Please continue to pray for a quick resolution to this situation with COVID-19. And thank you again for your spirit of cooperation during church on Sunday with our new precautions.