Hayden Schelenberger, 3, keeps busy burying mommy's feet in the sand. Thousands of Marco Islanders flocked to the beach Sunday morning for the 23rd annual Easter Sunrise Service. Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
The thousands of worshippers who made the mini-pilgrimage to the beach behind the Marriott hotel had plenty of light to set out their blankets and beach chairs, as organist Marv Hollenbeck played a musical prelude. On a perfect morning, they sat in silence, called out “He is risen indeed,” and greeted their neighbors on adjoining chairs and blankets when prompted.
Related Stories for Easter Sunrise Service, Marco Island, 2011