The Cathedral of
St. Andrew

Cathedral Life
November 15, 2021
Message from Canon Heather+
Grace and Peace, St. Andrew’s! 

As we near Thanksgiving (next Thursday! Really!), I cannot help but hear the hymn tune for “we gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing…” almost whispering on the wind. I had a colleague who would whistle this beloved hymn all the time. We sang it in school Chapel, a lot. It was a favorite of the community, of the students. Our Chapel time was a special, set-aside time and we did gather, together, to ask the Lord’s blessing, on us, on our school, our families, our relationships, our country, our work, each other…  
Found in the Hymnal 1982, #433, the lyrics, though attributed to ‘Anonymous’ are dated to 1625. Here they are; you can feel their age: 
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; 
He chastens and hastens his will to make known; 
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing. 
Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own. 
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, 
Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine; 
So from the beginning the fight we were winning; 
Thou, Lord, wast at our side; all glory be thine! 
We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant, 
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be. 
Let thy congregation escape tribulation; 
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free! 
“Gather” is a wonderful and holy thing.  
I am deeply grateful that we have found paths to gather which help keep us safe, and bring us together – and, as we move into the coming weeks with Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas, there will be many opportunities for “Gather.” Here in this mid-month Cathedral Life, we have attempted to capture it all!  
  • We move onward with our mask-wearing, and our safe distancing! 
  • We are now able to sing together while masked! (What a sense of being free!)  
  • We are joining together for our Advent Sunday morning learning in Von Holt – all are welcome! 
  • We have wonderful worship opportunities through the coming weeks – join us! 
All goodness…and all meant for holy Gather.” 
I am also deeply grateful, as is the Stewardship Committee and Chapter, for your generous support of the ministry and work of the Cathedral. It is through your pledges that we are able to plan our program from the upcoming year. This coming Sunday is the in-gathering of pledge cards and gratitudes, brought forward, gathered together, to ask the Lord’s blessing. If you have not returned your pledge for 2022, there is still time, and you can do it online! More details on this, and all aforementioned, below. 
With my prayers and my aloha, 
Cathedral Connections
Calendar of Events for November 2021
Sunday, November 21, 2021 - Diocesan Feast Day - Holy Sovereigns,
King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma
Bishop Fitzpatrick will be joining us at both our 8am and 10am services, with baptism and reception at 10am, as we honor the founding patrons of our Diocese. We will also be uplifting our Stewardship Ingathering, will bless the pledges we have received and the gratitudes we have shared (see article below!).

Sunday, November 21 - Special Evensong Commemorating
King Kalakaua's Birthday
A special virtual Evensong will be created to honor King Kalakaua's Birthday
(November 16, 1836)

Thursday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Day Eucharist
Please join the Cathedral in-person for our Thanksgiving service at 10am

Sunday, November 28, 2021 - The First Sunday of Advent

Stewardship Ingathering on Sunday, November 21
Aloha St. Andrews's Family and Friends, this Sunday, November 21, we will have a special ingathering and blessing of the pledges received thus far as a way to start our new Church Year. Having your pledge included in the ingathering this coming Sunday will allow the Church to plan how we will carry out God's work for us into the New Year, so thank you for all who have pledged thus far. Do not fret if you have not pledged yet - there is still time! In fact, Stewardship is a way of life for us, ongoing and perpetual care and keeping of our earth, our lives, and each other.

If you are interested in pledging online, follow this link for more information about the Cathedral’s Stewardship opportunities.
Advent Wreaths
For sale - limited stock available! 

Advent wreath kits and candle sets will be available at the Cathedral office, Monday through Friday, starting today, November 15; please call
808-524-2822 ext. 212 or send an email to Lauren to schedule a pick up appointment.
Here is what's available to order: 
7 Wreaths with 4 candles @ $10
23 sets of 4 Advent candles @ $3-$5 each set
Christmas Flowers!
Christmas flowers, as part of the Greening of the Cathedral, is a tradition at St. Andrew's which expresses our memorials to loved ones and our celebrations of thanksgiving. The Altar Guild is grateful for your help in fulfilling its mission to make the Cathedral a holy place for Jesus' birth.

There will be "Christmas Flowers" envelopes available in the pews, starting on Sunday, November 21. You can also mail in or drop off your donations, with the name or names of those you would like listed, under the categories "In Loving Memory" and/or "In Thanksgiving".

To be listed in the Christmas bulletins, we must receive your dedications by noon Friday, December 17th.
Please make your donation check payable to: The Cathedral of St. Andrew.
Alive St. Andrew starts up again in Advent!
Contemplative Waiting: 
An Advent experience of Mindfulness 
With Congregation member, William J. Heran, PhD
The season of Advent invites all of humanity to anticipate the coming of Emmanuel, or God being with us. The practice of mindfulness meditation fosters in us the awareness of a loving God being with each of us through our life’s journey. Some of the benefits of a daily mindfulness practice are: better physical health and well-being, less worry and anxiety, helps maintain sobriety from addictions and living a more centered Christian life.  
Gather between the 8am and 10am services in Von Holt for this exploration into prayer and stillness. Von Holt’s new air filters support our safe gathering. (Mask-wearing, of course, will still be necessary.)
Together we will cover:
Session #1
An Introduction to Mindfulness and Contemplation 
Session #2
Lectio Divina and silent waiting 
Session #3
Mindfulness and Kenosis (emptying oneself for spiritual availability) 
Session #4
Learning Mindfulness as a spiritual practice and a pathway to return 
*Referenced authors and teachers: Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Fr. Thomas Keating, Dr. Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg and Dr. Jack Kornfield 

All are most welcome! Let’s advent-ure into mindfulness together!
Join the Cathedral of St. Andrew in #AdventWord this Advent! 
For the eighth year in a row, #AdventWord will gather prayers via a global, online advent calendar, and we are excited to share this with our Cathedral ‘ohana this year!  

Following the word list created by Forward Movement and inspired by the Sunday readings, #AdventWord participants are encouraged to take a picture which speaks to them of the chosen word of the day (list below), and then share that picture, noting the word of the day along with “ #AdventWord “– please also use “ #CathedralHawaii “, too!  Another option is to email in your pictures to with the same information and we will then share the offerings on the Cathedral’s social media.  

If you are looking for daily meditations, Forward Movement, the home of AdventWord, will offer 28 daily meditations and images during this holy season beginning Sunday, November 28. So, if picture taking is not your thing, no worries! #AdventWord can still inspire your contemplative time and spiritual reflection. 
All #AdventWord images and meditations can be experienced through, direct daily emails, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and ASL videos via YouTube.  
The special word list for 2021 #AdventWord is: 
Restored Kāhili's return to the Cathedral
Photo and information provided by Ann Hansen
On Wednesday, November 10, the newly refurbished kāhili's made their way back to the Cathedral, and were reinstalled to its rightful place. We were so happy to have them back in time for our Diocesan Feast Day celebration of Queen Lili'uokalani (pictured above)!

The next steps for our kāhili include:
  • Order a pair of new pa'u (the velvet skirt) to hang below the feathered
head of the kāhili. They will brighten and make our kāhili look fresh.

  • Do research on the origin of these kāhili. I had always heard that these 1972 kāhili were made as stage props for the Iolani School’s May Day. But Liane (the “Kokua”) said that was not the case. Mele Chun’s grandfather, Paul, kept a log of every kāhili they ever made. I would like to read that log, copying what Grandpa Paul said about this pair of kāhili. These kāhili are an important feature of our Cathedral and we want to have our information correct. I will write you what I find out from Grandpa Paul’s log.

For more details on the refurbishment and reinstallation of the kāhili's, we will have a full article published on our website later this week. Please stay tuned!
Diocesan Connections
60th Anniversary of the Full Communion Concordat between The Episcopal Church and the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI)
A Liturgy to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Full Communion Concordat between The Episcopal Church and the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI or Philippine Independent Church) will be broadcast online, Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 1:00 PM HST, 6:00 PM EST, 7:00 AM (Monday) Manila.  The Diocese of Hawai'i will be hosting the virtual event that will be available for viewing on this page and/or the Diocese's YouTube channel HERE.
The Cathedral of St. Andrew
229 Queen Emma Square
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 524-2822