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2019 Sunrise Easter Service on Top of a Mountain | SF

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Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 6:30 am | Cost: FREE
Mount Davidson Summit Cross |


San Francisco’s grandest Easter morning tradition gets under way at 6:30 am on Sunday, April 21, 2019 for the annual Sunrise Service at Mount Davidson Cross.

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.

Community leaders taking part in the non-denominational city-wide celebration at the foot of America’s largest cross include Rev. Jeff Mammen of New Life Church, Robert Burns of Christian Counseling Center, Pastor Alex Cabansagan of Family Christian Fellowship, Rev. Seng Chin of Church of Christ, and San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White.

The program will also feature music by the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble and Lynne Miller of The House of Bagpipes.

What was once America’s largest cross at 103 feet tall (it’s since been surpassed in height by other crosses) will be illuminated by spotlights totaling 48,000 watts on Saturday evening, shining as a beacon for Easter morning pilgrims.

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.

Transportation: Special bus service on Muni’s 36 line begins at 5:30 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. The trail beginning at the park entrance across from 39 Dalewood Way affords the easiest route to the top.


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