Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Sunrise Service at The Cross on McGroarty Peak

A Sunland-Tujunga Easter Tradition since the 1920's, coordinated through the Verdugo Hills Ministerial Association, the Easter Sunrise Service at The Cross on McGroarty Peak in Tujunga is for sure to be a beautiful experience and a dramatic reminder of Jesus Christ's promised resurrection after his crucifixion.

In 1992, Los Angeles Times religion editor John Dart wrote that old newspaper clippings indicate that a cross was first erected on the peak in 1923 and was dedicated in a ceremony led by a Catholic priest. The sunrise service, which evidently began in 1926, has usually been dominated by Protestants, however. The Tujunga event is only five years younger than the more famous Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise service, but unlike Hollywood and other events that bring in well known preachers and musicians - and attendees from all over - the event on McGroarty Peak is strictly a local event and Foothill denizens like that just fine.

Sadly, the cross was torn down by teenage vandals in 1975 but, with the help of the local Kiwanis Club and the City Department of Recreation and Parks, it was returned to it's place of prominence. However, as a result of the vandalism, the cross has a slight bent, which has become it's signature, much like the crack in the Liberty Bell. Three youths were later arrested and charged with the destruction and ordered to pay for the repairs.

The service begins at 6:00 a.m. however shuttle buses will begin departing from 5:00am -5:45am:
from the corner of Foothill and Hillhaven (Travel Inn). Organizers emphasize that there is NO PARKING on the mountain, so PLEASE do not attempt to park up there, because it causes a hazzard.

IF IT IS RAINING- the Sunrise Service will move to: New Hope Community Church, 10438 Oro Vista Avenue, Sunland @ 6:00am
The service begins with Worship Music led by The New Hope Tapestry Band, with Scripture Readings and Message by Pastors of the Verdugo Hills Ministerial Association.

Video by Dan McManus