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|Apr 20, 2014|
06:30AM - 12:00PM
|Santa Rosa Memorial Park’s Annual Easter Sunrise Service|
Easter Sunday Service, a celebrated Christian service the world over, will again be offered at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. The 6 a.m. service takes place on Sunday, April 20 at 1900 Franklin Avenue in Santa Rosa.
1900 Franklin Ave., Santa Rosa
Easter Sunday Service, a celebrated Christian service the world over, will again be offered at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. The 6:30 a.m. service takes place on Sunday, April 20 at 1900 Franklin Avenue in Santa Rosa
Pastor Zach Vestnys of Petaluma’s Calvary Chapel will lead this annual event which has roots dating back to 18th century Saxony. The Moravian event began as an all night prayer vigil led by the single men of the congregation. Just before dawn these unmarried men went to the town's graveyard to sing hymns to Jesus, their Savior, who had overcome death. The following year the whole congregation met in the cemetery as the sun rose. Hence, the sunrise service was born.
There are many ideas and legends as to why the service was held at sunrise in the first place. Some people believe it originated in the Middle Ages. One Medieval legend says that on Easter Sunday the sun danced up and down, welcoming Christ out of the grave. There is also the idea that centuries ago sun worshipers gathered annually to worship the sun rise. It is also believed that in an attempt to end the pagan sun worship Christians began celebrating Easter (the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead) on the same day.
Some churches hold the sunrise service at the cemetery to remind people that Jesus no longer lies in a tomb. Other churches also hold a celebratory breakfast after the service.
America's first and most famous sunrise service was held in 1773 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The service was held by the Moravian church to mark the empty tomb that awaited Mary on Easter Sunday. Today, over 600 people still gather at the famous graveyard in Winston-Salem, “God's Acre,” to celebrate the Resurrection.
All are welcome. Outdoor seating will be provided and warm clothing is advised. For information: (707) 542-1580.
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