From the Rector: The Feast of St. Luke

Sunday, October 18, is also the Race for the Cure on Kapahulu Avenue.

 Detail of St. Luke from an altar piece by Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506)

Detail of St. Luke from an altar piece by Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506)

Sunday, October 18

This year we have the rare treat of the feast of St. Luke falling on a Sunday. As is our practice at St. Mark's, as well as multiple other Anglo-Catholic parishes, we will not transfer the feast to the Monday, but observe the day on Sunday. This Sunday is also the Race for the Cure on Kapahulu Avenue. The race walk begins in Kapi'olani Park at 7:00 am, and at approximately 7:10 am the runners will be racing past our church. Many walkers will eventually follow the same route, going up Kapahulu Avenue, and then turning onto Campbell Avenue making their way back to Kapi'olani Park. Parking will be restricted on Kapahulu Avenue as a result.

The Race for the Cure is a benefit that helps to fight breast cancer. No doubt each one of us knows someone who has suffered due to breast cancer. Interestingly enough, St. Luke is the patron saint of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. The calendar of the church and an event in our neighborhood have come together beautifully. 

The race will affect our 8:00 am mass. For this coming Sunday, I suggest the following for our parishioners. Come early for coffee at 7:00 am, as coming early will facilitate your parking. If you are willing, please stand in front of the church and encourage the runners and walkers as they pass by. Most of the walkers and runners will have passed by our church by 8:00 am. At 8:00 am, attend the mass which will include the Rite of Healing since we are celebrated the Feast of St. Luke.

If you normally attend High Mass, you are welcome to join us as well. If you cannot, rest assured that High Mass has its own treats this coming Sunday, and parking will be back to normal by 9:00 am. The choir will be singing a setting of the mass by our own bass section leader, Scott Villard. It is a beautiful unaccompanied setting that will not disappoint. As well, the choir will also be singing one of my favorite texts anonymously set to music in the early 1500s during the administration of communion - the Anime Christi. I leave you with that text, as it is ultimately about how Christ heals us through the faith.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
O Lord Jesus, hear me.
That with thine angels I may praise Thee
forever and ever, Amen.

See you on Sunday.
Father Paul Lillie+