EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE ON THE RIM
Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 5:45 a.m.
Mather Point Overlook (located behind the Visitor’s Center, wheelchair accessible)
Ample parking is available at Visitor’s Center Parking Lot #2, or see signs posted in the park hotel/lodge lobbies for shuttle times and information. Dress for very cold and windy conditions!
The Easter Sunrise Service on the Rim has been a wonderful Grand Canyon tradition since 1935. The Sunrise Service was broadcast through the radio station KTAR based in Phoenix, and then picked up by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) for broadcast across the country. Millions of Americans would experience the Grand Canyon Easter Sunrise Service through their radios, imagining what it would be like to experience its beauty firsthand. Many allowed that desire to become a reality – in those days, it was not uncommon to have attendance of 3,000-5,000 for an Easter Sunrise Service.
Since its inception, the Easter Sunrise Service has always been interdenominational. And therein lies another beauty of this worship service – the opportunity for members of all Christian faith traditions to rejoice together, reminding believers of the unity Jesus Christ desired for his disciples. In addition, given the visitation of the Grand Canyon from all over the United States and the world, those in attendance at the Sunrise Service have the unique opportunity to celebrate Easter with Christians from continents as far away as Europe and Asia.
On Sunday, April 16, 2017 over 1,000 residents and visitors from all over the world will join together for the 82nd annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Rim held at the wheelchair accessible Mather Point Overlook. While the early morning temperature will be cold, hearts will be warm with the joy of Easter Sunday morning worship and the expectation of the sunrise. All are welcome to come and take part in this wonderful Grand Canyon tradition!
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