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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Christians celebrated the holiest day of the year Sunday morning at church services around the world, including here in Baltimore.

Andrea Fujii reports one Catholic Mass was extra special as parishioners said goodbye to Cardinal Edwin O’Brien.

It was standing room only at the Baltimore Basilica, as Catholics worship the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“It’s the most holy day of the year for all Christians. It gives us hope and salvation,” said parishioner Tim Leahy.

Parishioners of all ages came in their Easter best, although some had other things on their minds.

“I like the candy,” said Dylan Hadaway.

But this is the last Easter mass in Baltimore Cardinal O’Brien will participate in. In January, the pope elevated the former Baltimore archbishop to cardinal.

“The opportunities for growth in this community are just so great. I’d like to stay around a little longer but the Holy Father had other ideas,” O’Brien said.

Next month, newly appointed Archbishop William Lori will take his place.

Parishioners here for O’Brien’s final Easter message feel honored.

“I think this is monumental that it’s the very last one and I’m here for it,” said parishioner Oluwa Tosin.

Across town in Baltimore County, this holy day is always popular at Christian Life Church.

“Easter service is almost like the Super Bowl. Everybody wants to come out. Everybody is excited,” said Dr. Hugh Bair.

Coming together to celebrate new life.

Edwin O’Brien was head of Baltimore’s Catholic Church for four and a half years. He will now be based in Rome.

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