The community is invited to attend half-hour service hosted by eight area churches.
While there has been a long tradition of Easter services being held in Morgan Park, it was in 2016 that three churches joined together to form a committee to host the celebration. The bilingual service (Spanish and English) opened with “Christ is Risen” spoken in eight different languages, representing the far-reaching message of Easter, celebrated by Christians around the world. The committee soon grew to eight churches, both Protestant and Catholic, with the service being attended annually by over 200 people from the Glen Cove area. When the celebration had to be held virtually in 2020, over 2000 viewed the service online with expressions of “hallelujah” typed in the comment section on Facebook from as far away as Japan and Scotland. That year, Fr. Kevin Dillon, Pastor of St. Boniface Martyr Catholic Church, began his sermon reminding all, “The message of Easter lives on!”
The eight member-churches hosting the service are Calvary A.M.E Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Glen Cove Christian Church, Iglesia Ciudad de Refugio, St. Boniface Martyr Roman Catholic Church, St. John’s of Lattingtown Episcopal Church, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Keeping the People of Ukraine ever-present in our hearts, the first language, of many, to be spoken during this year’s “Christ is Risen” invocation, will be Ukrainian. It will be spoken by Volodymyr Tsyalkovsky, with Ukrainian Americans of Long Island.
All are invited to attend the sixth annual service to be held at 7:00 am in Morgan Park on Easter morning. The short service is intended to allow those who celebrate Easter an opportunity to come together as a community, prior to attending a full mass/services in one’s own tradition later in the morning. While a collection will not be taken at the service, those gathered will be given an opportunity to donate in support of Ukrainian relief efforts. All proceeds will be donated to the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, Inc. Attendees are urged to arrive early to allow time to walk down the hill to the beach, where the service is held overlooking Hempstead Harbor. For details, please visit the committee’s official Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/GlenCoveEaster.
Photo Caption: Clergy, musicians, and song-leaders gather for prayer prior to the Community Easter Dawn Service in Morgan Park. The community is invited to attend the 7 am service hosted by eight area churches. // Photo courtesy of the Community Easter Dawn Service.Easter Dawn 2022G