Grace, Peace, and Easter Blessings abundant~
We write to you together to share a message from Leohone Magno, Music Director. Leohone informed the choir of her retirement plans on Friday. When she was asked to step in after Todd Beckhamʻs unexpected departure in October 2019, it was truly a gift that she said yes. She has been instrumental in getting us through the pandemic and charting a realistic course of the refurbishment of the organ. In her time on the bench, Leohone has defined a pattern for deep and abiding beauty rooted in our Anglican and Hawaiian heritage. She has been committed to a collaborative and spirited liturgical partnership and has shared humility and faithfulness beset by a personal commitment to “sing the Lordʻs song.” Her ministry among us and on all our behalf has helped shape our perseverance through this pandemic time. Leohone has been a blessing to us all.
Her message to you:
Aloha nō to the congregation of the Cathedral of St. Andrew. I am retiring… again… My last Sunday as Cathedral Organist & Director of Music will be June 27, 2021.
I have been so blessed to have had this unexpected opportunity to revisit my much cherished calling in church music. (Church music has been in my blood since I first became the organist in a small church on the Canadian prairie when I was only 13 years old.)
Over 25 years ago, as Assistant Organist to John McCreary, I worked at the Cathedral of St. Andrew to establish a choral repertoire for the Hawaiian Choir (— little dreaming that one day I would reconnect with my long ago efforts and once again be using that same music. )
Whenever I look back over my career in church music, I can clearly see the evidence of God’s Hand and His leading. Who of us could possibly know in October of 2019 that a paralyzing pandemic would grip an entire world only 5 months later?!
I have strongly felt God put me on the organ bench at the Cathedral at a very specific time, and that He was preparing me for the major unforeseen challenges about to unfold. This past year has definitely threatened to stifle the “inner song” in our hearts but now there are beautiful seeds of hope beginning to stir in all of us, as our islands slowly begin to open up… and the time has come for me to take my leave.
“How shall I sing the Lord’s song in a strange (Covid-19) land?” With grateful joy and renewed resolve! May God bless you all.
Mahalo a me ke aloha
We will have the opportunity to fete her and honor our time together on June 27. More details to come! Please share with us in celebrating her and thanking her for all she has done,
+Bob, Heather+, and Keleawe+
O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in
heaven: Be ever present with your servants who seek through
art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on
earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty,
and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for
evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.