Religion Briefs

Saturday, January 8, 2005

Isle residents to take part in D.C. service

About two dozen island residents will participate as the state of Hawaii is highlighted in a service tomorrow at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Hawaii Episcopal Bishop Richard Chang and Dean Ann McElligott of St. Andrew's Cathedral will concelebrate at the 11 a.m. Eucharist. U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye will do a reading from Scripture. The sermon will be delivered by Kathleen Norris, poet and author and part-time Hawaii resident.

Local residents will join in an entrance procession in which the Hawaii state flag will be installed on the chancel steps, where it will remain for the week. The blowing of a conch shell and a Hawaiian chant will open the service.

Tours of the Episcopal Church cathedral will point out features tied to Hawaii. They include the Hawaii state seal, which is depicted in the floor at the west end of the cathedral and is also represented in a needlepoint wall hanging in the War Memorial Chapel. Also to be seen in the Humanitarian Bay is a stained-glass window depicting Father Damien.

Information on the National Cathedral may be found at www.cathedral.org.

Musical celebrations mark special events

Holiday songs are only an echo, but there is still music at Honolulu churches:

» Tomorrow: The 7 p.m. Celebration of Light at Church of the Crossroads will celebrate the Epiphany, the finale of the Christmas season. Audience members are encouraged to sing along with the choir. The Rev. Neal MacPherson will be cantor, and the Rev. Barbara Grace Ripple will be reader. A free-will offering will be accepted.

» Jan. 16: A free 4 p.m. concert at Chaminade University's Mystical Rose Oratory will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel music, spirituals and the work of African-American composers will be performed by concert saxophonist Willie Morris of the University of Dayton, and the Chaminade University Chorus and Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble. Chaminade professor Allison Francis will present poetry readings.

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