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Good Friday and Passover Coincide: Where to Worship

Here's some of the services around the community this weekend.

Today is Good Friday, the most solemn day of the Christian calendar, which commemorates the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross and his resurrection.

When the sun sets tonight, it also will mark the first day of Passover, the eight-day holiday in which Jews commemorate their freedom from slavery and their passage out of Egypt.

American Jews typically celebrate the “passing over” with a Seder dinner held at the home that involves story, song and conversation about the exodus from Egypt. The evening also features ritual drinking of wine and eating Matzo, a flat unleavened bread.

While there are no temples in the Cranberry area, the Cranberry Jewish Community regularly holds meetings and culturally-based activities, including a to celebrate the Story of Esther. The group meets next at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the to discuss bylaw revisions and upcoming events.

“We’re going to start to do that every month,” said Jack Cohen, Cranberry Jewish Community president.

For Christians, Easter also marks the end of the 40-day Lent period. Below is a list of area churches and their worship services for Easter weekend. 

Local Services

Good Friday: The youth ministry will present the Living Stations at 8 p.m. This is a passionate enactment of the Stations of the Cross.

Holy Saturday: Mass services at 8:30 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Easter Sunday: Mass services at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. Noon and 6 p.m.  

Good Friday: Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion and Death at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Parish Center.

Holy Saturday: Blessing of Easter food baskets at noon at the Parish Center. Easter Vigil Mass at 7:30 p.m. at the Parish Center.  

Easter Sunday: Mass services at 7:30 a.m. at the Parish Center, 9 a.m. Mass at the Parish Center and Mars Area High School, 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Parish Center and Mars Area High School, 12:15 p.m. Mass at Mars Area High School.

Saturday Vigil: 8:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday: Mass services at 8 a.m. and noon

Easter Sunday: Mass at 10 a.m.

Good Friday: Services at 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Saturday: 7 p.m. Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday: Services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Saturday: Service at 6 p.m.

Easter Sunday: Services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Saturday: Services at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday: Services at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Good Friday: Worship service at 7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday: Services at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.

in Cranberry

Good Friday: "Come See the Place Where Jesus Prayed" at 7 p.m. at the Cranberry Campus 
Easter Sunday: "The Thorn," Services at 7 a.m. (with a breakfast after service), 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Cranberry Campus. There is a 10 a.m. service at the Mars Campus.

Easter Sunday: There will be a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. followed by a continental breakfast and fellowship in the basement social room. 

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