March 31, 2021 - Bishop Bob shares his Easter message 2021. In it, he connects our Baptismal life (as expressed in the Baptismal Covenant) with the joy expressed in a sermon, long attributed to St. John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople.
March 29, 2021 - Bishop Bob concludes his reflections on the hymns of Charles Wesley, with hymns #188 and #493.
SPECIAL MESSAGE: ATLANTA, BOULDER, SIN AND HOPE
March 24, 2021
My dear Siblings in Christ Jesus,
“Sin is the seeking of our own will instead of the will of God, thus distorting our relationship with God, with other people, and with all creation.” – “The Catechism” in The Book of Common Prayer, page 848.
The reality of human sin has been brought home again with the murders in Atlanta and Boulder. These are horrific acts. With anti-Asian rhetoric and violence, the riots last year in some cities, and the insurrection at the Capitol Building in January, we have been given stark reminders of the human sin. It seems that the language of hate and acts of violence are now just part of living in the United States. The murder of innocent people by individuals with assault weapons has become common place. Such sin is both corporate and individual. READ MORE
March 22, 2021 - The Bishop continues his series on praying the words to the hymns by Charles Wesley, with Hymn #352 and others.
SPECIAL MESSAGE: ADDRESSING ANTI-ASIAN RHETORIC
March 19, 2021
My dear Siblings in Christ Jesus,
The continental United States has recently experienced a surge in anti-Asian rhetoric, bullying in schools, racist incidents, scapegoating and hate crimes impacting Asian and Asian American people. It has been reported that: "Anti-Asian hate crime in 16 of America’s largest cities increased 149% in 2020 according to an analysis of official preliminary police data by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, with the first spike occurring in March and April amidst a rise in COVID cases and negative stereotyping of Asians relating to the pandemic." While we often feel a disconnect from the harsh reality of the North American States, the inappropriate Anti-Asian remarks by the Police Chief on Kauaʻi brings the crisis home to the Islands.
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March 15, 2021 - The Bishop continues his series on praying the words to the hymns by Charles Wesley, with Hymn #535, "Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim."
March 8, 2021 - The Bishop continues his series on praying the words to the hymns by Charles Wesley, with Hymn #300, Glory, Love, and Praise, and Honor.
March 1, 2021 - The Bishop continues his series on praying the words to the hymns by Charles Wesley, with Hymn #638, Come, O thou Traveler unknown.
February 22, 2021 - During Lent, the Bishop is offering a spiritual practice of praying the words of hymns. This week's hymn is #657, Love Divine.
Bishop's Reflection on Ash Wednesday During a Time of a Pandemic
February 5, 2021
The Bishop shares a reflection on Ash Wednesday and the practice of celebrating this service during these unusual times. To read his message, click HERE or on the message image above.
January 18, 2021 - The Bishop shares a prayer from the 1662 BCP for "Restoring Publick Peace at Home" during these unsettling times.
A Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Hawai'i
January 8, 2021
The Bishop shares a special pastoral letter during these times of unrest. Click on the image to view the letter, or click HERE.
January 6, 2021 - The Bishop addresses the unrest and rioting taking place at our Capitol and around the country.
Special Announcement: Honorary Canon at The Cathedral
December 27, 2020
The Reverend Naim Stifan Ateek will be instituted as an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu, Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi, on the Second Sunday of Christmas, January 3, 2021, during the Cathedral’s 10:00 AM liturgy. He will be joining the liturgy virtually from Texas. He is a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. He has been an active leader in the shaping of the Palestinian liberation theology. Canon Ateek was to have been with us to speak and to be instituted as an Honorary Canon earlier in 2020. This was forestalled by the pandemic. This is our opportunity to honor his witness to the non-violent struggle for justice and reconciliation in Palestine/Israel.
You are welcome to join the service online at facebook.com/thecathedralofstandrew/videos. A Facebook account is not needed to access a service live and to view videos of previously recorded Cathedral services. READ FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
December 21, 2020 - In his annual Christmas message, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick reflects on Sister Ilia Delio's Christmas letter and Christina Rosetti's poem Christmastide.
Bishop's Monday Message in the Third Sunday of Advent: The Song of Mary
December 14, 2020
Aloha my dear Siblings in Christ Jesus,
In the lectionary for both the Third Sunday and the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the Church is given the option of saying (or singing) “The Song of Mary” (also known as the Magnificat [see The Book of Common Prayer, Canticle 15, page 91]) in place of a Psalm. This song of praise comes from the Gospel of Luke (1:46-55).
You’ll remember that it comes in the story before the birth of Jesus and while Mary is visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. It is Mary’s response to Elizabeth’s blessing and acclamation that Mary’s unborn child was the “Lord.” For the Church through history and for us today, “The Song of Mary” is a proclamation of God’s reign of justice, righteousness and peace. It is a statement of hope and joy. READ MORE
December 7, 2020 - In his weekly Monday message, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick shares a reflection on the "missing" Psalm verses from this past Sunday's Liturgy.
November 30, 2020 - The Bishop shares an Advent Reflection with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Isaiah, and a call to help those most in need during these times.
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