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Chambersburg YMCA to host Good Friday breakfast

April 20, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The annual YMCA Good Friday Breakfast will take place at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Pa., beginning at 6:15 a.m. Friday.

The service will follow a centuries-old tradition known as “Tenebrae” in which a gradual “dimming” or “darkening” of the light, accompanied by special scripture readings and music, leads the participants through Jesus’s final hours to the moment of crucifixion, according to a news release.

The Rev. Clyde DeShong, pastor of Calvary Church,  will direct the service, which is adapted by Rick Vale.

The YMCA’s community remembrance of Good Friday was originated by the Y’s Men’s Club in the late 1950s. The club served hot-crossed buns made by YMCA members.

That original tradition will be renewed this year as Kathy’s Deli presents a breakfast of hot-crossed buns, assorted other pastries, fresh fruit salad, coffee, tea and juice for $6. Advance purchase of tickets from the YMCA is encouraged.

Tickets will also be available at the door.

The church is at 150 Norlo Ave. in Fayetteville, east of Snavely’s Garden Center.

While ticket sales will be limited to 160 people, the service, which begins at 7 a.m., will be open to all.

For more information, call the Chambersburg YMCA at 717-263-8508 or Pastor Clyde DeShong at 717-352-3715 or 717-352-2879.

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