Date: 07:00 AM, 31 March 2013
Category: San Francisco
91st Easter Sunrise Service at Mt. Davidson Cross
Celebration at America's largest cross atop San Francisco's highest peak begins at 7:00 a.m.
San Francisco's grandest Easter morning tradition gets under way at 7 a.m. on Sunday, March 31, 2013 at Easter Sunrise 2013, the 91st Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Mt. Davidson Cross. Admission is free.
Community leaders invited to take part in Easter Sunrise 2013 include SF Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and SF Mayor Edwin M. Lee. The program also features an SF Firefighters Honor Guard and musical performances by Calvary Hill Community Gospel Choir, Lynne Miller of The House of Bagpipes and The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble, which will start the morning off with a Sunrise Prelude at 6:50 a.m.
Local clergy presiding at the non-denominational service include Easter Sunrise 2013 chairman Rev. P.T. Mammen of International Christian Center, Major Randy Kinnamon of The Salvation Army Golden State Division, Rev. Tim Svoboda of Youth With A Mission City Ministries, Rev. Gregory Chisholm of Temple Baptist Church, Pastor Ryan Blackwell of First Baptist Church, Pastor Jeff Mammen of New Life Church and Rev. Dr. Joseph Bryant, Jr. of Calvary Hill Community Church, who will deliver the Easter message.
Situated at the summit of Mt. Davidson (elevation 938 ft.), America's largest cross will be illuminated by spotlights throughout the evening of March 30, shining as a beacon for Easter morning pilgrims (Note: great location shot at the corner of Robinhood Way and Lansdale Avenue on Saturday night).
MUNI bus service (36-line) begins at 5:00 a.m. and runs every 15 minutes from Forest Hill Station to the park gate located at the intersection of Lansdale Avenue, Myra Drive and Dalewood Way - two blocks south of Portola Drive. Call (415) 673-MUNI for further transit information.
Sponsored by local churches and broadcast nationally in years past, the Easter Sunrise Service attendance record was set during World War II, with an estimated 50,000 worshippers in attendance.
Originally dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a transcontinental ceremony in 1934, the 103-foot-tall Mt. Davidson Cross has been restored by the Council of Armenian-American Organizations of Northern California, owners of the monument.
With the sun rising over the East Bay hills, Mt. Davidson Park's beautiful forest setting serves as a spectacular backdrop for this cherished Easter event. Adding to the visual appeal of the panoramic view of San Francisco Bay and the downtown skyline at dawn is the dazzling springtime array of wildflowers currently in bloom.
Those planning to attend Easter Sunrise 2013 are advised to dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes for the short walk to the summit. For more details, call (415) 566-8393.