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April 6, 1947: A trumpeter heralds the dawn for 25,000 worshipers at the Hollywood Bowl sunrise service, one of several Easter programs covered in the next day's Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

March 31, 1918: Crowd at Easter sunrise observance at Pulpit Rock on Mt. Lowe. This photo was published in the April 1, 1918, Los Angeles Times. The stripes on the flag were darkened by a staff artist to help reproduction.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

April 20, 1924: A crowd of 25,000 attends an Easter sunrise service at the Hollywood Bowl. This panorama was made from three prints and published in the April 21, 1924, Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

April 17, 1927: Easter sunrise service at Mt. Rubidoux near Riverside attracts 20,000. This photo was published in the April 18, 1927, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

April 12, 1925: Easter sunrise service at the Hollywood Bowl with the orchestra and choir led by Alice Gentle. This photo was published in the April 13, 1925, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

April 13, 1925: About 80,000 visit the annual egg rolling at the White House in Washington D.C.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pacific and Atlantic photos

April 25, 1943: Father Marius S. Chataignon, an Army chaplain, conducts Easter Sunday Mass for U.S. troops close to front lines in Tunisia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

April 1952: Members of La Puente Valley churches raise a cross during preparation for Easter sunrise services.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Ritchie / Los Angeles Times

April 1968: Katherine Kenal, 14, clad in the dress of her ancestors, shows Ukrainian-style Easter eggs made in a class at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hollywood. This photo was published in the April 12, 1968, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mary Frampton / Los Angeles Times

April 8, 1966: A photo shot for Easter stories in the April 9, 1966, Los Angeles Times. The caption reported: "All of Christendom joins in observance of the Lord's resurrection."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

April 14, 1968: Members of the Bel Canto Chorale of West Covina High School sing during the 48th annual Hollywood Bowl Easter sunrise services. This photo was published in the April 15, 1968, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times

March 30, 1969: Children whose mothers are members of Pinafores of the League for Crippled Children take part in the Easter ggg roll at Brookside Golf Club. This photo was published in the April 2, 1969, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times

April 6, 1980: Easter sunrise services at Vasquez Rocks County Park. This photo was published a year later in the April 18, 1981, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cal Montney / Los Angeles Times

March 22, 1978: Father Joseph Pollard holds a lighted Easter candle in St. Andrew's Church in Pasadena. This photo was published in the March 25, 1978, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cal Montney / Los Angeles Times

March 20, 1978: George Vick, 8, the 1977 poster child for the Los Angeles Crippled Children's Society, smiles with his basket of eggs after the annual Easter egg hunt at the Ambassador Hotel. This photo was published in the March 21, 1978, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fitzgerald Whitney / Los Angeles Times

March 26, 1978: Ruth Carter Stapleton, sister of President Carter, speaks during Easter sunrise services at Mt. Rubidoux in Riverside. This photo was published in the March 27, 1978, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joel Lugavere / Los Angeles Times

April 18, 1976: The Rev. Joseph E. Parshall leads prayer with hundreds gathered on Santa Monica Pier for an Easter sunrise service. This photo was published in the April 19, 1976, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

March 21, 1991: Anthony Leoni, 3, of Bellflower squeezes the nose of the Easter Bunny at Los Cerritos Center. This photo published in the March 24, 1991, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Corrales / Los Angeles Times

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Writer Alma Whitaker, covering the Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise service, wrote in the April 21, 1924, Los Angeles Times:

It was an extraordinary sensation rushing down wide boulevards surrounded on all sides and for miles in front and miles behind by multitudes of automobiles in that cold eerie two hours before the dawn. It was almost like driving furiously; almost silently through the Valley of Death; that queer silence relieved only by the whirr of the machines and an occasional uncanny screech from a motor horn.

By 4 a.m. the Hollywood Bowl seats were filled, but for an hour and a half after that the multitudes thronged in. The traffic jam had long since proved unmanageable, and most of us left our machines and trudged many long uphill blocks to the Bowl….

By 4:45 a.m. the sky was light, but no hint of sunshine had crept over the hills into the Bowl. But every mound, every hillside, was thronged with human beings of all sizes and ages, and still the crowd came on and climbed and climbed, upward toward the Cross – in a thrilling sort of silence with an undercurrent of whispered touchiness….

At precisely 5:35 a.m., the sun dawned over the hill and struck that Cross and the hilltops. The small boys climbed down in awe. And hushed awe and wonder filled that vast company….

Then upon another hilltop rang out the Easter sunrise trumpet call, sounded by the sisters Lorene and Alberta Lavis, in shimmering white angel gowns. And presently the Hollywood community orchestra was swelling into Humperdinck’s “vision of the Angels” and no other sound marred that ethereal strain.

Have a wonderful Easter!

1 Comment

  1. April 1, 2013, 9:56 am

    The most moving of all these photographs is the one taken on April 25, 1943.

    By: greytv

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