There have been discussions over what really does the Good in Good Friday mean. For the day which is now a State Holiday in many states of the U.S. was full of sorrow and was the day when the only son of God was sacrificed for the sins of mankind. Over the years it has been agreed upon that in the context, the word means Holy while some others have agreed on the origin to be God’s Friday. Moreover, the day remembers the sacrifice and above all the love of God for his children. Jesus Christ was the son of God, who became the savior of mankind by sacrificing his life on the Friday of the Holy Week. This day is commemorated all around the world to be thankful for God’s mercy and for the love of Jesus.
In many Christian Churches, historically there has been a tradition of unlit Churches, draping the building in black and wearing black robes in a procession. Despite all the sorrow in the day, it is truly good for the sorrow is a Godly sorrow. It is a remembrance of human sin that caused the death of Jesus Christ salvation of which comes through our repentance and God’s. The Goodness of this day also recalls the love and greatness of Jesus Christ for us who submitted to death for the world.
Good Friday and Protestants
To commemorate the long hours the Lord spent on the cross, Protestants organize a mass between noon and 3 pm. In a series of songs and readings, they reflect on the last seven sentences that Jesus Christ said to God before dying.
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
“Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
“Woman, behold thy son!”
“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
“It is finished.”
“Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”
Good Friday and the Catholics
In the Good Friday mass by the Catholics, the altar is stripped of all its adornments. The worshippers venerate the cross by kissing the crucifix. Greek Catholics have a ‘Ceremony of Winding Sheet’ where a cloth depicting the dead body of Jesus Christ is carried in a procession to a shrine where the priest places it in the symbolic tomb. Many Western Churches observe a Service of Darkness where the entire congregation sits until the last of candles die lights extinguish. This is done to cover the whole congregation in darkness to depict the spread of darkness all over the earth after the death of Lord Jesus. The service ends with a harsh noise, closing of a large book or crashing of a cymbal to denote the last cry of Lord Jesus, the shutting of his tomb, the earthquake on His death as well as the second one on His Rise.
Good Friday has always meant the presence of one good soul amongst us. And His sacrifice for our lives is indeed a cause of remembrance and celebration.
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