The first Easter Sunrise Service recorded took place in 1732 in the Moravian congregation at Herrnhut in the Upper Lusatian hills of Saxony. After an all-night prayer vigil, the Single Brethren, the unmarried men, of the community, went to the town graveyard, God's Acre, on the Hill above the town, to sing hymns of praise to the Risen Savior. The following year, the whole Congregation joined in the service. Thereafter the "Easter Morning" or "Sunrise Service" spread around the world with the Moravian missionaries. The procession to the graveyard is accompanied by the antiphonal playing of chorales by brass choirs. The most famous Moravian Sunrise Service is the one of the Salem Congregation in what is now Winston-Salem, NC, held since 1772. Thousands of worshippers gather in front of the church and move to the graveyard in reverent procession. The brass choir there numbers some 500 pieces.
A HOLLYWOOD EASTER GIVES RISE TO THE BOWL THE SUNRISE SERVICE BEGAN 87 YEARS AGO ON A HILLSIDE IN WHAT WAS THEN KNOWN AS DAISY DELL.(KNOW)
Mar 19, 2008; Byline: Catherine Lyons Staff Writer Picture this: It's March 27, 1921, and 2,000 people are sitting on the grassy knolls of...