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Return of Easter Sunrise Service atop Mount Rubidoux set for Sunday

After two years of no in-person gatherings, hundreds of worshipers on Sunday are expected to trek to the crest of Mount Rubidoux in Riverside for an Easter Sunrise Service, carrying on a tradition that began more than a century ago.

“We’re back. Meet us at the top!” said a message posted by organizers at www.riversideeasterservice.com.

The towering Mount Rubidoux Cross will be the destination of the faithful. Pastors Brian Park, Derrick Anderson, Charles Campbell, Mark Davidson and Robert Willett will preside at intervals during the inter-denominational observance.

There will additionally be a shofar trumpeting in recognition of the Jewish Passover period.

The sunrise service was canceled in April 2020 when the COVID-19 public health lockdowns were first declared throughout Riverside County. Last year’s service was presented virtually.

During the 2019 observance, nearly 2,000 people made the trip up to the 1,300-foot peak, where Biblical parables were shared, followed by singing.

The paved trail to the top runs roughly three miles, and attendees are encouraged to dress in appropriate footwear and attire. No vehicles are permitted at the memorial.

The Easter Sunrise Service began in 1909, always attracting large crowds, according to organizers.

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