Hundreds turn out for Easter service

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Hundreds of people came out Sunday morning for Easter Sunday services at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown.

It’s one of the largest Easter celebrations in the Valley, with two special Masses, one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 12:30 p.m.

Pastor Msgr. Peter Polando led both of the services.

“We’re going to talk about the Resurrection and how we all have to resurrect our lives,” Msgr. Polando said. “And the person who gives us new life, Jesus Christ.”

St. Columba celebrated Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday, with a number of different services.

“The high points of the Holy Week are these last three days: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, but culminating in the Easter resurrection event of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” said Polando.

Many of the parishioners took part in all of the special services, and made sure they made it out to the final celebration of the week.

“This day is very, a very important day because its the the day that we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and savior that died, so we could have forgiveness, so we could transcend into another life after this life, ” said parishioner Sandra Page.

Kurt Stoeber of Boardman and his family didn’t just come for the service, they were also a part of the Mass.

“Our kids are serving today, and they got to serve on Holy Thursday. So, for them it‘s just not the Easter Bunny. It‘s not just the eggs. And they‘re sharing, and they got to serve on Holy Thursday. So, for them it‘s not just the eggs. And they‘re sharing their gifts with the community, with their church,” said Kurt Stoeber.

Four children also were baptized during the 12:30 service. One baby was baptized at the 10:30 service.

“Tradition has it that Easter, especially at the Easter Vigil, was the time of baptism culminating for those people who were studying to become Christians,” said Polando.

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