Easter Sunrise Service 2023


Last modified 2023-04-06 14:51:05. Initially published .

San Francisco’s grandest Easter morning tradition will be held on Sunday, April 9th at 6:30AM. Admission is free. This year’s citywide celebration atop the City’s highest peak will mark the 100th anniversary of the event. Featured at the Service will be speakers offering an Easter message, prayers and greetings, including Tim Svoboda, City Coordinator for Youth With a Mission, a ministry based in the Tenderloin District. Local historian Jacquie Proctor will put the Service in historical perspective, tracing back to 1923. The program will also feature musicians such as Lynne Miller of The House of Bagpipes, the Salvation Army brass band, and the youth worship team from Donum Dei Classical Academy. Local clergy presiding at the non-denominational service include Rev. Mesrob Ash of St. John Armenian Apostolic Church, Father Aris P. Metrakos of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Rev. Ruthie Kim of RealitySF, Rev. Ben Day of FirstSF Church, and Rev. Jeff Mammen of New Life Church.

Situated at the summit of Mt. Davidson (elevation 938 ft.), the historic 103-foot-tall cross will once again be illuminated by spotlights throughout Saturday evening April 8th, shining as a beacon for Easter morning. (Note: great location shot at the corner of Robinhood Way and Lansdale Avenue on Saturday night).

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.

Originally dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a transcontinental ceremony in 1934, the 103-foot-tall Mt. Davidson Cross has been restored and lit by the Council of Armenian-American Organizations of Northern California, owners of the monument.

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.

Special bus service on Muni’s 36 line will begin at 5:30 a.m. and run 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. Those planning to attend Easter Sunrise 2022 are advised to dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes for the walk to the summit. The park entrance across from 39 Dalewood Way affords the easiest route to the top. For more details, call (415) 564-7535.

Enjoy early movie footage of this tradition from the 1920s provided by the Western Neighborhood Project,  KQED Bay Curious Podcast: Why there is a cross on San Francisco’s highest peak,  and this video of the Cross history: Mount Davidson: San Francisco’s Hidden Treasure.


1934 cross lighting of cross by President Roosevelt.





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