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Two faith observances to converge

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An observance meaningful to Christians and a holiday observed in the Jewish faith tradition will converge on Friday.

Friday is the Good Friday observance, the day Christians commemorate Christ's crucifixion.

The Tenebrae service, also called the service of darkness, is offered by many churches on Good Friday. Many Tenebrae services consist of seven short lessons or homilies based on Jesus' last words or Scriptures chronicling His crucifixion. Seven candles are snuffed one by one, gradually darkening the sanctuary. Church leaders said the darkened room symbolizes the day Jesus died to atone for the sins of mankind.

Friday also is the first night of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

The eight-day holiday commemorates the story of the Hebrews' exodus from slavery in Egypt as told in the Book of Exodus.

An integral part of the holiday is the Passover Seder, a sacred, ceremonial meal which includes special foods, prayers and rituals. The meal helps to tell the Passover story.

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