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Easter Sunrise Service at Mt. Davidson Cross for 97th Year

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Mt. Davidson Cross

San Francisco’s grandest Easter morning tradition gets underway at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 21 at Easter Sunrise 2019, the 97th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Mt. Davidson Cross. Admission is free.

Local clergy presiding at the non-denominational service at the foot of America’s largest cross include Rev. Jeff Mammen of New Life Church, Rev. Mesrob Ash of St. John Armenian Apostolic Church, Pastor Alex Cabansagan of Family Christian Fellowship, Rev. Robert Burns of Christian Counseling Centers, Pastor Seng Chin of Christ Church San Francisco and Rev. Christine Hung of the Northern California District Church of the Nazarene, who will deliver the Easter message.

The program will also feature community leaders, including SF Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and special music by The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble, Lynne Miller of The House of Bagpipes and Family Christian Fellowship. 

Situated at the summit of Mt. Davidson (elevation 938 ft.), the historic 103-foot-tall cross will be illuminated by spotlights throughout the evening of April 20, shining as a beacon for Easter morning pilgrims 

Special bus service on Muni’s 36 line will begin at 5:30 a.m. and run 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. 

America’s largest cross was originally dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a transcontinental ceremony in 1934. Mt. Davidson Cross has since 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 SF Bay and the downtown skyline at dawn is the dazzling springtime array of wildflowers currently in bloom. 

Those planning to attend Easter Sunrise 2019 are advised to dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes for the short walk to the summit. The park entrance across from 39 Dalewood Way affords the easiest route to the top. For more details, call (415) 566-8393.

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