GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Several Easter Sunday sunrise services kicked off celebrations across the Coast.
Archie Holland has been a member of Mississippi City United Methodist Church for almost 10 years. He didn't let Sunday's chilly morning dampen his worship plans at the Ken Combs Pier.
"It's a great thing to watch the sun come up on Easter Sunday. It just feels good," he said.
Archie attends Easter sunrise service every year at the beach.
"We usually average about 250 to 300 people out here," he added. "Being out here. Watching the crowd come. A lot of people are non-members but I feel they look forward to it every year also."
He was one of hundreds who watched the sun rise while worshiping. It's an annual event hosted by the church in Gulfport. "I'm here and thankful that we have the opportunity to have eternal life," said Frank Hill, who attended mass at Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Biloxi.
Hundreds more put on their Sunday best for the annual Easter services at the Nativity BVM Cathedral. Hill said he's been attending since he can remember and does it for a very special reason.
"As long as I can see my baby girl again. We had a special child for 21 years. As long as I can be with her again, I'm fulfilled," he said.
It was a beautiful morning as families smiled and gathered following mass. Children were dressed to the nines on this special day.