Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Centenary planned for April 21

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary’s Hargrove Memorial Amphitheater (the Shell) will be the setting for the College’s community-wide Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 21. The service begins at 6:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

All interested singers are invited to join the Centenary College Choir to form the choir for the service, which features a presentation of the Passion and Resurrection narratives expressed through dramatic readings and music. The anthems for the service range from hymn arrangements to spirituals to classic selections from Handel’s Messiah and Dubois’ Seven Last Words.

“The contour of the service begins in darkness, a reminder of the deep despair of Christ’s followers in the aftermath of the crucifixion,” says Dr. David Hobson, director of the Centenary College Choir. “Thus the liturgy reminds the congregation of those profound events leading to the cross And it never seems to fail that as the sun rises, the story reaches its resurrection climax. The music is poignantly woven into the narrative to add sound and emotional dimensions to what is the crux event of the Christian faith.”

All interested singers should contact David Hobson ( or Caleb Hibbs ( to sign up and procure music. A dress rehearsal for all interested singers will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the amphitheater. Call time is 5:30 a.m. on Sunday for the 6:00 a.m. service, which lasts approximately one hour.


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