Niagara Gazette

Local News

April 21, 2014

More than 150 gather at Youngstown sunrise service to celebrate Easter

More than 150 gather in Youngstown at sunrise to celebrate Easter

Niagara Gazette — YOUNGSTOWN — A brilliant red and yellow sun rose on the horizon, into nearly cloudless skies to the east.

At the same time, the moon could still be seen hanging in the western sky.

And on the parade grounds of Fort Niagara on Sunday, more than 150 of the Christian faithful gathered to celebrate their faith’s most sacred day.

“Christ the Lord is risen,” proclaimed the Rev. Dr. Rex Stewart, of First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown. “Alleluia!”

“Christ is risen indeed,” those gathered replied. 

While the traditional Easter sunrise service at the fort is frequently marked by bitter cold temperatures, wind chills and crashing waves on the waters of Lake Ontario, this year was different. The lake was calm, the winds were still and even a flock of birds that rose from the water flew silently over head.

“We are blessed, O God of Life that on this day you raised Jesus from death,” the Rev. Bette Bond, of United Baptist Christian Church in Lewiston, told the crowd. “In him, we find eternal life.”

In an Easter message to the impromptu congregation representing churches and denominations from across the Niagara Region, the Rev. Robert Duerr, the interim Rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown, said the resurrection of Jesus means “(He) is calling you and me to tell the good news (of the Christian faith).”

“(Jesus) died, he was resurrected and he will come again,” Duerr said. 

It was the first time that Duerr, a Western New York native, had participated in the annual sunrise service.

“I had heard about (the service),” he said afterward. “I had heard that it could be cold and wet, but that a large group (of worshippers) would show up.”

Duerr said the opportunity to preach the Christian gospel in the outdoors, at sunrise, on Easter Sunday, was “refreshing” and “rejuvenating.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results