January 7, 2022
Pictured above, after days of rain and gloomy weather, the Rev. Cn. Heather Patton-Graham captured a beautiful rainbow on a glorious Epiphany morning at The Cathedral of St. Andrew. (Photo from The Cathedral Facebook page)
First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
From the Bishop
The season of Epiphany is when we celebrate the revealing of Christ to the world. We mark the arrival of the One who is the light of the world: a light that brings life, a light that brings hope. This light shines its brightest when we are in community – with God and with one another. (The Episcopal Church website)
The Bishop's Epiphany Message
(Dated January 6, 2022)
Aloha my dear Siblings in Christ Jesus,

Today, January 6, 2022, is both the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ and the first anniversary of the insurrection at the United States Capital. We are also fast approaching the second anniversary of the COVID pandemic as an international crisis.

The word “Epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation” or “appearance.” The word is used in 2 Timothy 1:9-10 to explain the believers’ relationship to God through Jesus Christ: “God is the one who saved and called us with a holy calling. This wasn’t based on what we have done, but it was based on his own purpose and grace that he gave us in Christ Jesus before time began. Now his grace is revealed through the appearance of our savior, Christ Jesus. He destroyed death and brought life and immortality into clear focus through the good news.” During the Season of the Epiphany, we are reminded how to “see” God through the lens of the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ.

In recent weeks, I have been called on to explain how the Episcopal Church looks on God, Christ, and faith. The questions have come from completely unchurched individuals with no connection to any faith community (or a living family history of a faith tradition), and from others raised in a church (Roman Catholic and evangelical), but now lapsed. The questions have come in pre-marital counseling sessions, random conversations, and very specific contacts.
The Rev. Dcn. Viliami Langi
The Reverend Deacon Viliami Langi died on Thursday, January 6, 2022, after a long illness. Viliami faithfully served the Tongan community at St. Elizabeth’s Church, Honolulu, for many years.

ALMIGHTY AND ETERNAL GOD, to whom there is never any prayer made without hope of mercy, be merciful to the soul of your faithful servant, Viliami, being departed from this world in the confession of your Holy Name that he and all the departed may be welcomed into the company of your saints, through Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Rest eternal grant him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. May our brother, Viliami, rest in peace. Amen.
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Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.
Welcome Madison!
Meet Madison Franks, the Diocese's Event & Communications Coordinator
Madison Franks joins the Diocesan Support team in a newly created position due to the recent restructuring of staff roles and responsibilities.

Madison started on January 4, and comes with four years of experience executing large-scale corporate incentive programs in the Hawaiian Islands. She specializes in marketing and event processes and will be responsible for coordinating the Annual Meeting and other Diocesan events/activities. She also joins the communications team to organize informational systems, manage social media, disseminate the online news and help maintain the Diocesan website. Madison's contact information can be found on the Diocesan Support Center page HERE.

Madison earned her degree in Marketing at the University of Hawai'i: Shidler College of Business. In her free time, Madison likes to teach yoga, free-dive, and hike with her dog Ollie.
Change in Diocesan Support Center Hours
The Diocesan Support Center (DSC) hours have been changed to 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, Tuesday through Friday. Contact information may be found on the DSC webpage HERE.
Remembering Archbishop Desmond Tutu
When news spread of Archibishop Desmond Tutu's passing on December 26, 2021, folks around the Diocese were quick to recall his memorable visit to Hawai'i in August of 2012, when he preached at The Cathedral of St. Andrew.

"I had the good fortune to meet Archbishop Tutu when he visited here," commented one person on The Cathedral's post about his passing. "He was so genuine. He seemed to wear his emotions on his sleeve. You could just tell that he embraced the simplicity of life. Besides all the wonderful insight on the human condition, he had a wonderful sense of humor. And he let everyone know if he thought something was funny. The Archbishop was definitely a child of God."

A few more comments (some humorous) on Facebook from folks in the Diocese:

"It was truly glorious having him with us at St. Andrewʻs - an honor to have been in his company. Rest in Aloha Kahu Nui."

"...he also enjoyed eating snacks!"

"After listening to Desmond Tutu speaking in Hawai'i he told me that his wife doesn’t like when he talks too long!"

"What an Honor to meet such an inspiring man."

May his gracious soul rest in peace and rise in glory.
Coming Up: The Annual Clergy Retreat on Kaua'i
Special Group Room Rate Expires today, January 7!
The Diocese's Annual Clergy Retreat is coming up on January 24-26, 2022, on the Garden Island of Kaua'i. All clergy in the Diocese are invited to attend. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Mark Jefferson, Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Virginia Theological Seminary.

The event will be taking place at the Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort where we have secured a special group rate. This special rate was extended but will expire today, January 7, 2022, so those interested in taking advantage of the discounted rate must make reservations now. For complete details and to register, visit the event webpage HERE.

The retreat will begin with lunch on Monday, January 24 at 12:00 PM, and end at 1:00 PM after lunch on Wednesday, January 26. Please plan accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact Canon Sandy Graham.
Diocesan Youth Ministry: Prayer Hike POSTPONED
Due to rising COVID-19 (Omicron variant) concerns, the Diocean Youth hike on January 15, 2022, has been postponed for all three islands. The Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) is hoping to reschedule the event in February or March, depending on the situation in our local communities. Please stay tuned for more information from the EYC or visit the the Diocesan Youth webpage HERE. Stay safe and healthy!
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
At The Cathedral...
Kalihi Waena Food Distribution
At the Annual Christmas Food Distrbution for Kalihi Waena Elementary School held just before Christmas, St. Andrew's and P&E Foods delivered several pounds of meat to each of the approximately 200 families of its students. This year, The Cathedral designed and utilized reusable bags with the school logo in their purple and gold school colors. (Photo by Ann Hansen)
Prayerful Moment
During Christmas Chapel for St. Andrew's Priory Lower School at The Cathedral, this young child was captured in deep prayer with clenched fists during prayer time. (Photo contrinbuted by St. Andrew's School)
The Cathedral is accepting applications for a part-time bookkeeper and part-time Sexton. See the job posting at the bottom of this section with links to the job descriptions.
St. Mark's Christmas Eve Mass
Emmanuel Christmas Eve collage
St. Paul's Christmas Eve
St. Peter's Christmas Eve
St. Timothy's Christmas Eve
Coming up: Flu & COVID-19 Vaccinations at St. Christopher's
On Sunday, January 16, 2022, St. Christopher's Episcopal Church will be hosting a vaccination clinic by the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai'i. Vaccines for COVID-19 and the flu will be offered in their parking lot from 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM. For more information, click on the image. St. Christopher's is located at 93 N. Kainalu Drive in Kailua.
The Cathedral of St. Andrew currently has the following positions open:
Part-time Bookkeeper (10-15 hours per week)
Part-time Sexton (10-13 hours per week)
(Visit the Diocesan website HERE for Lay Position postings.)
Kauaʻi Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
St. Michael and All Angels Christmas Cross
All Saints' Christmas collage
Save the Dates!
Kahu Kawika Jackson Is Leading a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Kahu Kawika Jackson of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Kapa'a has booked with Qumri Pilgrimages, the dates of September 19-30, 2023 (yes, 20 months from now) for a life-changing pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the place of Jesus and the Judeo-Christian scriptures. Kawika has traveled to the Holy Land nine times, out of which he has served as a group leader five times. He is working with his good friend and colleague Iyad Qumri, an expert and licensed guide who is an Anglican from Jericho and who works with the Cathedral in Jerusalem. To view the itinerary, click HERE. Let Kawika know if you are interested by emailing him HERE.
Maui Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Good Shepherd Christmas Eve Mass
Trinity By-the-Sea Christmas Eve
Hawaiʻi Island
St. Columba's Christmas Service Collage
Church of the Holy Apostles Midnight Mass
St. Augustine's Christmas Eve
Five Years of St. James' Community Meals
In the latest e-news from the Parish of St. James', a message from one of their community meals founders, Tim Bostock, reflected on the past five years.

"It’s hard to believe we just completed our 5th year of serving delicious meals to all who come - every week without fail! Our end of year count for Waimea is just under thirty thousand – at 29,176. We also served 6,099 Meals to Paʻauilo guests, from January through April, for a grand total of 35,275 Meals over the year."

Indeed, the organization, coordination, and dedication of all involved in this outreach ministry is staggering and inspirational, especially when having to adapt to pandemic protocols. Congratulations St. James' to your special community of volunteers and sponsors serving with a heart of Jesus!

(To learn more about their community meals, read a special feature article about this ministry that appeared in the August 2020 Chronicle, click HERE)
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
In Epiphany service and Lincoln Memorial speech, Presiding Bishop calls nation to wake from ‘the nightmare of Jan. 6’
[January 6, 2022] In a livestreamed Jan. 6 worship service from Washington, D.C., that marked both the Feast of the Epiphany and the first anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, and later in an address to the nation from the Lincoln Memorial, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry called on Christians to reclaim the spiritual light that the holiday celebrates and reject the “deeper darkness” shown in the attack. To view both the livestreamed service and his message at the Licoln Memorial, click HERE.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2022 new year message
Read the transcript of the Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message, which was broadcast on BBC One on New Year's Day. The message, which was filmed at Kew Gardens in London, can be viewed HERE.
Photo: Mike Hutchings/REUTERS
Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, activist and apartheid foe, is dead at 90
Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the man who became synonymous with South Africa’s nonviolent struggle against apartheid, died on Dec. 26 at the age of 90.
Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer almost two decades ago. READ MORE
Photo: Diocese of Massachusetts
Old North Church lights lanterns in show of support for American democracy on eve of Jan. 6
 Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts, is best known as the illuminated focal point of Paul Revere’s 1775 ride at the start of the American Revolution – “one, if by land, and two, if by sea,” as immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem. READ MORE
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Available for Purchase: Hawaiian BCP & Gospels
The Diocese has made available two very special publications for purchase: The Hawaiian Book of Common Prayer, with over 400 pages of translated biblical scirpture liturgical prayers and orders of service, including King Kamehameha IV's preface as translated by him into English, and Nā ‘Euanelio Hemolele - This lectionary-sized book contains the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, in the Hawaiian-language, complete with diacritical marks. The book was a project of the Rev. Cn. Malcolm Naea Chun, 20 years in the making, and whose publication was funded by the Diocese's Commission on Native Hawaiian Ministry. There is also an option to buy these as a set for a discounted price. To order your copies today click HERE.
Be sure to stay informed with all the latest COVID-19 updates in Hawai'i through the State's portal HERE. You'll find latest news updates, stats, media resources, information on Safe Travels, Vaccination sites, and much more. Quick links to separate County vaccine webpages are shown below:

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