By Justin Udo
CINNAMINSON, NJ. (CBS) — A special Easter service in Cinnaminson, New Jersey brought out hundreds of people as they celebrated the resurrection of Jesus in a picturesque location.
The cold spring air, mixed with a 6 a.m. start time was not was enough to keep worshipers away from the 83rd annual Easter Sunrise Service at Lakeview Memorial Park on Sunday.
“I look forward to it,” said Hank Kasprzak. “It’s tough getting up early in the morning but it’s great, I love it.”
Some in attendance have been coming to this service for more than 50 years.
“My father brought me here when I was 10-years-old,” said Adele. “It’s like a new life when you come here on Easter Sunday.”
The multi-denominational service welcomed ministers and congregants from more than a half-dozen area churches.
“It’s a great opportunity to fellowship with people of all denominations and recognize that we all believe in one God and one savior,” said Donna Saxton. “And it’s a chance for us to see true unity in action in Christ.”
So why a sunrise service and why on Easter?
“It reminds me of how the sun rises,” Saxton said. “So also does the son of God.”
The service is the longest-running of its kind in the country.