Thank God It's a Good Friday!

What is a Good Friday?

Good Friday is observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.  It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday, though the latter properly refers to the Friday in Easter week.  

How people celebrate Good Friday
Although the way of celebration is different in different parts of the world, the significance of Good Friday is that if Jesus had not suffered, his resurrection would not have saved the Christians.
  • People wear black clothes, cover the statues, pictures and crosses with black and unlit all the candles. 
  • Attend the church and say prayers. Memorize and honor Christ's death and sufferings and attend the services that are sober and solemn. 
  • Every Christian participates in the Holy Communion. 
  • Most of them believe in attending Stations of Cross as a part of Good Friday services. People sing hymns and prayers as they attend from one Station to another.
  •  Holy Saturday follows Good Friday, and the day is observed mourning the death of Christ. The next day is Easter Sunday when the community celebrates his resurrection.

To mark the day, Christians observe three traditional rituals:
#1: Remembrance of his last journey to Golgotha hilltop where he was crucified, which is commonly known as Way of the Cross.This is the most important ritual on Good Friday. 
#2:  The 'three hours of agony', marking the three hours that Jesus spent hanging on the cross and the last seven statements he made at that time
#3:  The evening service in the church.

Why Good Friday is termed Good? 
Good Friday is a moveable feast and there are many explanations why Good Friday is termed 'Good'. 

The word 'good' was considered 'holy' in old English and so Good Friday is said Good. God had the last word through Christ's death and people were, actually, redeemed by the death of Jesus. This is also why it is good about this day.

"It is the day Jesus was crucified. But the reason why we call it Good Friday is because through his death we have been saved," said Fr. Nigel Barrett, spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Bombay.

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