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Good Friday - Holy Friday (2019)

Updated on April 15, 2019
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Good Friday Date 2019

19 April 2019

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About Good Friday

Also called Holy Friday, Great Friday and Black Friday, Good Friday is a solemn day celebrated by Catholics and Christians the world over, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Good Friday falls on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday and is marked by mourning and all rituals center on the feeling of extreme anguish and sorrow that Jesus suffered for all our sins.

The underlying message that comes through this one of a kind sacrifice by the Son of God is that only through love, goodness and non-violence can the evils, like hatred and violence, be overcome.

A variety of rituals are followed on this day.

Good Friday History & Origin

Before Jesus began preaching, he fasted for 40 days in the desert. He then taught the need for prayer and fasting to overcome the Evil one. Following this, Jesus returned to Jerusalem as King of the Jews.

The rulers of the time fearing loss of loyalty of the people then plotted to kill him.

Judas betrayed Jesus and he was arrested for treason and condemned to die on the cross. This happened a day before Good Friday. He was tortured, made to carry the cross, and then crucified on it. Even while he died, Jesus forgave and prayed for those who had put him to death. This, in essence, was a victory of good over evil.

Good Friday is so called probably because it led to the resurrection of Jesus and the victory over death.

Good Friday marks the end of the 40 day period of fasting and renunciation during Lent.

Significance Of Good Friday

Good Friday is a day of mourning and is observed by fasting and penance remembering the great sacrifice by Jesus Christ on the cross.

This day signifies the victory of good over evil and remembers Lord Jesus who sacrificed his life to atone for our sins.

The entire rituals and traditions are sombre and solemn underlining the grief of the community over this huge sacrifice.

Good Friday Traditions

Essentially, Good Friday is devoted to fasting and prayer. No mass is celebrated on this day. Instead, a special ritual in which the Account of Passion, according to the Gospel of John is read, a series of prayers for special intentions are offered and the faithful respect the Cross by kissing it.

A plank of wood denoting the Cross on which Jesus was crucified is displayed in churches for veneration with people coming by one by one and kissing it.

Following this is the service for 3 hours noon onwards. Narratives from the four Gospels are read.

It is believed that Jesus died on the cross at 3 in the afternoon. Therefore the traditional service lasts for 3 hours from noon.

Church bells are not rung on this day while in some churches, mourners wear black and enact the Passion of Christ. Many churches cover the cross and altar in black and do not light candles, while in some, the candles are lit but are extinguished one by one till the last one is put out at the moment Jesus died. At some other places, the pulpit and altar are left bare.

In some churches, mourners in black walk in a procession and offer a ceremonial burial to an image of Jesus.

Prayers, meditation, and sermons form part of the ceremony. The general communion service is held at midnight.

Catholic churches follow the tradition of the Stations of the Cross. One of the traditions of the Roman Catholic church is fasting with just one meal being taken in a day.

Rituals, like reading passages from the Gospel, about the Seven last words of Jesus, is followed by meditation and hymn singing.

Another ritual, Three Hours of Agony is held, followed by meditation and reading from the Gospel, the narrative of the Passion.

The Good Friday ritual concludes with the distribution of the Holy Communion.

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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you, Perspycacious

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you, Peggy.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Glad you appreciate the article. Thank you, Pamela.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you, Bill.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you, Savio Koman.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Glad you liked the article Miebakagh and your daughter liked the anime video. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you for stopping by, Dora.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      There are no Easter rituals at my church, so I am pleased to learn from your article how Good Friday is observed. Thank you.

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      Perspycacious 

      6 months ago

      Thanks for this tour of Good Friday practices some follow.

      The best honoring of Christ's death is following the sacrifices of self He asked us to make, chief of which is services of love for others.

      Knowledge unapplied is like having a recipe that is never made.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Good Friday is indeed a solemn day for Christians. Easter, on the other hand, is cause for celebration for believers of the Christian church. Wishing you greetings of the season, Rajan.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is an excellent article about Good Friday. I think you covered various rituals of churches very thoroughly. I really enjoyed it.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Growing up Catholic, I am quite aware of the significance of Good Friday to Christians around the world....

      Blessings to you always

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      Savio Koman 

      6 months ago from Mumbai, India

      Well written article Rajan Jolly. Thanks for that!

      Much like Muharram, Good Friday is misunderstood as a happy day among the followers of other holy religion, and many a times Christians are wished on Good Friday; all out of good intentions, of course. The article gives a good glimpse of what the day is all about! :)

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello Rajah, thanks for re-writing a lovely story. My 4-years old daughter loves the anime video.

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