Monday, April 21, 2014

113th Annual Honolulu Easter Sunrise Service given by Bishop Stephen

National Cemetery of the Pacific - Puowaina

Bishop Stephen Randolph Sykes, IOC Orthodox Bishop of Hawai'i gave the invocation at the 113th Annual Honolulu Easter Sunrise Service held April 20, 2014, at Puowaina - The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. Several hundred attended services despite a morning downpour followed by intermittent sunshine. Bishop Sykes, who also serves as President of the Interfaith Alliance - Hawaii, lead recitation of Psalm 118. The Royal Hawaiian Band provided music throughout the service and Kahu Kekapa Lee gave the opening Hawaiian Oli.

The Queen's Prayer "Ke Aloha A Ke Akua" composed and written lyrics by Hawaii's last monarch, Queen Liliu'okalani, was sung by the assembled inter-faith clergy and congregation. The Easter message and main address "Our Loving Redeemer is Risen and We are Glad!" was preached by Rev. Father Anastasi St. Antony, Hegumen, Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church of Honolulu followed. Rev. Samuel Domingo, Pastor of Kilohana United Methodist Church was Coordinator of the Easter Sunrise Service.

                                Orthodox Bishop of Hawai'i Stephen