Good Friday is observed by Christians worldwide on the Friday before The Easter Sunday. It is believed that Good refers to the holy or maybe the phrase came out from “God’s Friday”. The “good” is also considered to be referring to “a day observed as holy by the church”. It is celebrated to remember the final sacrifice of Jesus for the welfare of the humanity and mankind and hence, Good Friday is also symbolic of win of good over evil.
History of Good Friday
According to the historical dates, it is believed that Jesus Christ was crucified on this day. Good Friday is known to commemorate the passion, crucifixion, and death of the Lord Christ on the cross. Crucifixion was not only the most disgraceful form of death, but at the same time, also one of the most dreaded and painful methods in the ancient world. Some Christians also call it Great Friday, Black Friday or Sorrowful Friday.
Celebration of Good Friday
Good Friday is celebrated as the anniversary of the Crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Almost all Christians engage in prayers on this day. Generally, the church organizes prayer around midday 3 pm to coincide with the hours when the Jesus Christ was crucified. Most of the Christians involved in the activity or events happening in the Church including mass prayers. In many countries, Good Friday is observed as a holiday including India.
The re-enactment of Crucifixion
One of the main highlights of the Good Friday is a re-enactment of the tragedy of Jesus Crucifixion in the Church. It is known as one of the most famous rituals that happen on the day, which is called the Stations of the Cross which depicts the final hours of the life of Jesus.
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Symbols of the Good Friday
We all know that on Good Friday, Cross is the prominent symbol of the day and it is observed in the memory of Christ’s suffering on the cross and the crucifix. In Crucifix, the cross represents the way in which Jesus died and sacrificed his life for the mankind. Some cross are just plain and some have an image of Jesus Chris on it. Some cross are also shown covered with black, signifying mourning in some places. At many places, people remove flowers and shiny objects temporarily from their homes and churches as a sign of mourning.