This year we held a dual celebration, of the Feast of Pentecost and the baptism and confirmation of Queen Lili’uokalani, May 28, 1896.
During the overthrow and the Queen’s imprisonment, Bishop Alfred Willis of St. Andrew’s Cathedral openly supported her, while Reverend Henry Hodges Parker of Kawaiahaʻo supported her opponents. Bishop Willis visited and wrote to her during her imprisonment and sent her a copy of the Book of Common Prayer. Shortly after her release on parole, the former queen was baptized and confirmed by Bishop Willis in a private ceremony in the presence of the sisters of St. Andrew’s Priory. In her memoir, Liliʻuokalani recalled:
That first night of my imprisonment was the longest night I have ever passed in my life; it seemed as though the dawn of day would never come. I found in my bag a small Book of Common Prayer according to the ritual of the Episcopal Church. It was a great comfort to me, and before retiring to rest Mrs. Clark and I spent a few minutes in the devotions appropriate to the evening. Here, perhaps, I may say, that although I had been a regular attendant on the Presbyterian worship since my childhood, a constant contributor to all the missionary societies, and had helped to build their churches and ornament the walls, giving my time and my musical ability freely to make their meetings attractive to my people, yet none of these pious church members or clergymen remembered me in my prison. To this (Christian ?) conduct I contrast that of the Anglican bishop, Rt. Rev. Alfred Willis, who visited me from time to time in my house, and in whose church I have since been confirmed as a communicant. But he was not allowed to see me at the palace. [from Wikipedia]
The principal celebration of the Queen’s baptism and confirmation was at the 8:00 am service on May 20, and the Royal Civic Societies attended. Bishop Robert L. Fitzpatrick was the celebrant and preacher at this service, as well as at the 10:30 am service. At the 8:00 service he also installed The Rev. Malcolm Chun as an Honorary Canon.
Some photos follow, courtesy of Ann Hansen and Dixie Kaetsu: