Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at Sandsend

If you rose early this morning in the village of Sandsend, near Whitby in North Yorkshire, you would see adults and children making their way to the annual Easter Sunday sunrise service.

As dawn began to break, a large crowd had gathered as the sky turned a deep pink and the waves lapped against the shore.

The service was led by Reverend Josephine Evetts-Secker, of St Mary’s Church in Sandsend. As per tradition a fire was lit, to light the pascal candle, and water was splashed upon the members of the service, to represent the baptism.

Finally, each person threw a stone into the water that the collected the previous year, and chose a new stone to take away.

As the sun rose over the group, hymns were sung and and prayers made. It was a tranquil and ethereal sight.

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