Millions celebrate Easter in New York area

April 24, 2011 3:53:30 PM PDT
Millions of people are celebrating Easter across the New York area.

Tourists from around the world and New Yorkers are attending several masses at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Midtown, Manhattan.

Several masses with Archbishop Timothy Dolan were held throughout the day, where tickets were required. It was a packed house as usual, and a line of people stretched around the block.

A grand entrance with a little chuckle from Archibishop Dolan, "Happy easter everybody. We won't start without you."

As he was surrounded by so many in their Easter Sunday best from the very youngest to the most mature at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Midtown Manhattan.

Dolan delivered his message to crowds of hundreds at several services, including tourists from across the world.

Escorted by his family, the Archbishop addressed the evolving church.

Dolan said, "You see a lot of demographic changes, not just in the church, but everywhere. We need to keep up with it. The church is about people, not buildings."

Christians around the world celebrate Easter as the day Jesus Christ was resurrected.

The Riverside Church in Morningside Heights welcomed its congregants to a day of fellowship, family, and friendship.

And on the Lower East Side, Saint Vartan Armenian Cathedral held a "Release of Doves" ceremony.

It was followed by traditional dance on this day of rememberance and reflection.