Apr 8, 2012 3:26 PM by Lacey Steele

Hundreds attend sunrise service at Royal Gorge

It's a Christian tradition every Easter.

Around the world, people attend sunrise services to celebrate.

We went to Royal Gorge Easter morning where hundreds gathered.

As light began to hit the mountains near the Gorge, cars continued to drive over the bridge, and worship began for about 500 people.

Many of them attend the early morning services on Easter every year.

"One, tradition within our county and a lot of other places, and two, it just kind of reminds them of what we're celebrating," said Pastor Benny Soto of the Freemont County Ministerial Alliance.

Despite the cold morning, it's the tradition, fellowship, and time for reflection that keeps people coming back each year.

"It's just heart warming, and it just fills the day," said Monnie Hammel, a visitor to the gorge's sunrise service year after year.

"We all feel it's important to really come together as a community," said Pastor Soto.

They come for the message, which pastors say separates Christians from other religions.

"Crucified on the Roman cross," said Pastor Matthew Sexton as he gave the message to the crowd. "He was buried, and on the third day, he rose again from the dead."

"It's pivotal that Jesus rises from the dead because he has to take care of sin," said Pastor Soto. "He leaves it in the grave, so it's dealt with."

Once the sun was a bit higher, those at the service left saying it was the best way to start their Easter Sunday.

The service at the gorge is put together by those with the gorge and the Freemont County Ministerial Alliance.

This was just one of several sunrise services held across our area.



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