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EventGood Friday
LocationAll over India
CategoryReligious
DateApr 14, 2017
Main AttractionPrayers and services
Overview/HistoryGood Friday holds special significance for Christians as the day commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday.

The liturgical calendar of the Christians is marked with the four special days of the Easter Week - the Holy Thursday, the Good Friday, the Holy Saturday, and ending with the celebrations on Easter Sunday.

Good Friday is also referred to as Great Friday, Holy Friday, Easter Friday or Black Friday.

Crucifixion date
  • As per the four Gospels of the New Testament Bible, the Son of God is said to have died on a Friday in AD 33.
  • Sir Isaac Newton, through his calculations based on the first crescent of the moon, the Julian and the Biblical calendars, found that the crucifixion date was Friday, 23 April in AD 34.
  • Another study based on a lunar eclipse model claims that Jesus was crucified on Friday, 3 April in AD 33.
CelebrationOn this day

Good Friday is observed by the followers of Jesus Christ to recall the sufferings and sacrifices of the central figure of Christianity. The day includes activities of thanksgiving, or repentance.

The passion of the Lord is celebrated on this day by offering prayers and services. The holy water fronts in churches are emptied in order to be filled with the holy water of the Easter Vigil.

People often treat Good Friday as a fasting day, as the 40-day fasting of Jesus ended on this day. It was after this day that Jesus began his preaching.

Liturgical service is organised on this day in three parts:
  • Liturgy of the Word: The clergy as well as the worshippers make prostration, collect prayer, and chant hymns in the honour of Jesus.
  • Veneration of the Cross: The crucifix on the cross is revered by the followers.
  • Holy Communion or Eucharist: 'Eucharist' means thanksgiving. Remembering Jesus' act of 'breaking the bread', the day ends with the Lord's Supper. It is received by all the worshippers to be blessed with the grace of the divine.
Also, a prayer service named the Three Hours' Agony is offered from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.

Good Friday in Rome

On Good Friday, the Papal Mass is organised at five in the evening at the Vatican in Saint Peter's Basilica. Later in the evening, the Pope addresses the public on the occasion of the Stations of the Cross at the Temple of Venus and Roma. On the Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil is held at 9:00 pm in Saint Peter's Basilica.

Good Friday in Poland

Good Friday is not a public holiday in Poland, but is celebrated with fervour. Processions are carried out in towns and cities, displaying a figure of the Christ, the sacred cross with the crucifix, etc. As per the custom of Poland, People cover mirrors with black-coloured cloth to mark the day for mourning. Children are awakened by whispering certain words of a Lent prayer in their ears. The words are 'The wounds of God' to make them realise the pains taken by the central figure of Christianity.



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