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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Christos Anesti - Christ is Risen - Happy Easter 2016

photo credit: Zola Clearwater Collection

Outdoor Easter Service in Pacific Palisades, circa 1922.

Pacific Palisades is a community within the City of Los Angeles located in between Santa Monica and Malibu. This photograph is looking down Via de la Paz towards the Pacific Ocean. My family moved to Los Angeles in 1968, and I had the privilege of living and growing up in the Palisades back when it - like much of the westside of L.A. - felt muchmore middle class.

Obviously, like the rest of Los Angeles,  a lot has changed over the years.

Los Angeles County in the 1920's had a population of about one million people. Today, the population is ten time that size. And, unlike when this photo was taken, Los Angeles has become one of the most ethnically diverse cities on earth. As a result, Easter services tomorrow will be held in dozens of languages including Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, Armenian, Vietnamese, Farsi, Japanese, Russian, and - of course - English.

If you're in the area and looking for a church service (an English speaking church service) tomorrow for Easter, I'd recommend the 6am sunrise service at Will Rogers State Beach, sponsored by a group of 13 West Los Angeles area churches. 

Christos Anesti - Christ is Risen. Wishing everyone a Happy Easter.

© 2016


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