Members of the Hudson Valley community gather together for a special Easter mass at Opus 40 in Saugerties. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the sunrise service.
SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- “Just look around, it's just amazing what one man can do, all God's doing I believe, just to get us here, get us out here for Easter Sunday morning,” said High Woods Reformed Church Senior Elder Herb Krein.
It's a more than 30 year tradition for the Sculpture Park and Museum that Herb Krein doesn't miss. The High Woods Reformed Church of Saugerties and the Woodstock Reformed Church join together in worship, prayer and song.
“The sunrise over our shoulders and the mountain in the background is just incredible kind of symbol of the day,” said Minister Joshua Bode of the Woodstock Reform Church.
Minister Joshua Bode said the Ulster County location adds to the service.
“The resurrection is the central and defining mystery of the Christian faith,” said Bode. “And that’s part of the draw and power of Opus 40 on this day, when words kind of fail to capture the goodness and blessing of what we are proclaiming.”
The creation of this former abandoned quarry began in the late 1930's and was completed over a period of 37 years. The 6.5 acre sculpture now makes for the perfect location for the sunrise service.
“Because the sermon was about the tomb, and the stones, and what it must have felt like being there that day, and this place is full of them. So, it actually helps you think and meditate on the whole situation,” said parishioner Jessica Wisneski.
It’s the unofficial Opus 40 opening that all those in attendance hope to experience for years to come.
“It’s extra special being here, absolutely; and, it's just wonderful to have done it so many years. And, I hope to keep doing it as long as I keep coming to the church,” said Krein.
A portion of this year's sunrise service collections will go back to Opus 40. The sculpture was damaged due to Super Storm Sandy and a renovation is needed.
To leave a donation for the restoration project at Opus 40, visit: