Two holy days, one Friday: Passover and Good Friday in the Tri-State

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Special dinners, performances and church services took place all throughout the Tri-State Friday, as two of the holiest days of the year for the Jewish and Christian religions happened on the same day.

It is rare that Passover and Good Friday collide.

Both holy days observe the beginnings of some type of freedom in both faiths.

Passover marks the Israelites’ liberation from slavery from Egypt, and Good Friday represents when Christ died on the cross, symbolizing redemption for believers.

People of Jewish faith gathered around tables for their sacred Passover Seder feast.

“When they had to escape in the middle of the night , they had no time for the bread to rise, so it’s a commemoration of that,” explained Donna Carick, co-leader of Shalom Yeshua Ministries.

The Seder is deeply rooted in symbolism and tradition.

“They dipped the hyssop into the blood of the lamb, and then they painted it onto the door posts. So you dip the parsley into the salt water to remind them of the bitter slavery, the tears that they shed.”

Just down the road, many Christians also gathered around the table at Germania Maennerchor to share fish:

“It’s still swimming, this guy is!”

And friendship, before heading to fellowship.

“That’s what it’s all about, celebrating Lent, a lot of guys that are eating here are going to church,”said Harold Griesy.

Many churches offer traditional Good friday Services on Friday.

“We celebrate “Good Friday” as the day Jesus was crucified traditionally,.” explained The Cathedral assistant pastor Greg Hitchcock.

However, at The Cathedral, worshippers gather for the annual performance of Jesus’s resurrection.

“He was in the grave for three days, arose the third day — which would be on Sunday morning.”

A day when Passover and Good Friday collide on the modern calendar is rare, but many would agree: they are already connected on a spiritual level.

“He was on the cross at 3 o’clock, and he said “It is finished.” […] And at 3 o’clock in the high temple, the priest was sacrificing the last lamb, and saying … it is finished,” says Carick.

Passover is observed this year until April 27.

The Cathedral has another presentation of “Jesus — His Story” Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

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(This story was originally published on April 19, 2019)

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