MESSAGE IN THE MORNING AREA CHRISTIANS RISE EARLY FOR EASTER SUNRISE SERVICES.
Tens of thousands of people rose early Sunday to attend religious services from the Hollywood Bowl and Forest Lawn to Westlake Village and Vasquez Rocks.
In the San Fernando Valley, congregations continued a 12-year tradition they see as a sign of hope.
During the holy days, a cross comes down and two menorahs go up as St. Andrew and St. Charles Episcopal Church in Granada Hills is turned into the Temple Beth Torah synagogue.
``A hundred years ago churches and synagogues would not have imagined their religions sharing space like this, but now we do,'' Rabbi Sheryl Nosan said. ``With the Middle East so prevalent in our hearts right now, it's important ... for people to see that different religions can work and live together in peace, and support each other.''
At the Hollywood Bowl's annual sunrise service, actress Shirley Jones sang ``Let There Be Peace on Earth'' accompanied by 50 children wearing clothing representing many nationalities.
Cardinal Roger Mahony celebrated Easter Mass at Saint Ambrose Church in West Hollywood, where he echoed Pope John Paul II's horror at the violence unfolding in Israel.
``It is as dark a day over there as you can imagine,'' Mahony said.
He also alluded to the scandal of sexual abuse by priests.
``These past weeks and months have brought to light stinging reminders of our ongoing need as individuals and as a church for purification, for deeper renewal and conversion,'' said Mahony, whose archdiocese has an estimated 5 million Catholics.
``At this time of Easter, the dawning of love's own morning, will we dare to trust that in the fullness of time the power of love will prevail over all evil?'' Mahony asked.
Some of the larger services in the area were held at Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks, Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch and Pierce Bros. Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village.
Although it was chilly and a little foggy in some areas, temperatures climbed into the 70s as the sun rose.
The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ were re-enacted Sunday morning in the dramatic setting of Vasquez Rocks County Park, a Southern California tradition in the rural area of Agua Dulce north of Los Angeles.
Jack Hayford, founding pastor of the Church on the Way in Van Nuys, delivered the Easter message at the Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills sunrise service.
According to the Gospels, Easter, the defining Christian holiday, marks the day Jesus rose from the dead.
The name of the holiday - after the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn, Eostre - comes from a pagan springtime festival, giving birth to the secular symbols of renewal, such as eggs and baby animals.
The Los Angeles Zoo hosted an Easter-themed event Sundayfeaturing an egg hunt, carrot-planting, rabbit-petting and other children's activities.
In the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, stars such as Dick Van Dyke, Carrie Fisher and Craig T. Nelson served free meals to the homeless at the Midnight Mission's annual Easter and Passover Street Festival. Mission officials hoped to feed as many as 2,000 people by day's end.
Another part of the Los Angeles Easter tradition included the Rev. Maurice Chase, a Catholic priest who runs the Skid Row Charity Fund, handing out money to the less fortunate at the Fred Jordan Mission on Skid Row.
The Fred Jordan Mission sponsored a ``Festival of Life'' Easter Community Fair on Saturday, a free festival for impoverished children.
(1) Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on The Way in Van Nuys, delivers an Easter message at Forest Lawn.z
(2) Greg Davis of Glendale bows his head in prayer Sunday at Forest Lawn's Easter sunrise service.
(3) Maiya Smith-Norton, 3, rests in the arms of her mother, Dawnmarie, at the Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills service.d!Michael Owen Baker/Staff Photographer
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2002|
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