Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hawaii's Interfaith Celebration of St. Damien

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Father Damien Relic
Iolani PalaceTomorrow, All Saints Day will be a big day for Saint Damien as we celebrate with ourl newly ordained saints from the islands. As you can see by the photos taken today, both the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace and Iolani Palace are getting all decked out for tomorrow's celebration.

It will begin with the celebration of Holy Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu. It is where Father Damien de Veuster was ordained a priest.

There will be a prelude concert at Iolani Palace by the Royal Hawaiian Band from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

The Procession from the Cathedral to Iolani Palace will begin at 1:00 p.m. (following the conclusion of the Mass). The participants in the procession include the brothers and sisters of the Sacred Hearts Congregation, Bishop Larry Silva of the Honolulu Diocese, Cardinal Danneels and 13 visiting bishops from California!

From 2:00 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. there will be notable speakers such as Princess Abigail Kawananakoa, Bishop Silva, Lt. Governor James "Duke" Aiona, plus dignitaries from other churches.

At 2:55 p.m. there will be a private procession to the palace's throne room.

The Men of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I will then carry the relic to the nearby statue of Queen Lili'uokalani. If you remember, it was Queen Lili'uokalani who visited Father Damien and who was instrumental in having Father Damien receive the honor of the Order of Kalakaua.

The procession will then proceed to the statue of Father Damien in front of the Capital.

Young people carrying the relic of St. Damien will t hen process back to the Cathedral.

Sources: various news items, including those from The Honolulu Advertiser

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