Good Friday

Commemorating the crucifixion of
Jesus, and his death at Calvary

Good Friday Holiday

The Good Friday Holiday is also known as Holy Friday, Black Friday or Great Friday, and is celebrated the Friday during Holy Week, as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday before Easter Sunday, and frequently coincides with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is customarily a time of reparation and fasting, in celebration of the anniversary of the crucifixion and death of Christ. For Christians, Good Friday honours not only a historical occasion, but also Christ’s sacrifice, and his rebirth, encompasses the heart of the Christian belief.


The main Good Friday holiday worship ceremonies start at 3:00 in the afternoon, which is the time Jesus probably died. A variety of customs and practices are linked with the Western commemoration of Good Friday. The preaching or singing of the Passion of St. John's gospel entails singing or reading sections of the gospel of John. Also familiar in the Western Church is The Veneration of the Cross, which is when Christians move toward a wooden cross and worship it, frequently by kissing a part of it or kneeling before it. Additionally to these customs is the Holy Communion with the reserved host. In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, no masses are held on Good Friday so the reserved host from the Holy Thursday Mass is utilized. This is known as the "Mass of the Pre-Sanctified". Numerous Churches also provide the Stations of the Cross, also known as the "Way of the Cross," on Good Friday. This is a service in which fourteen occurrences surrounding the death of Jesus are observed. The majority of the Catholic Churches have fourteen images of Jesus' last days exhibited all through the parish, for use in public Stations of the Cross ceremonies. Another ceremony initiated in 1732 by Jesuit Alphonso Messia, is the Three Hours which is frequently held from midday until 3:00 p.m., and comprises of seven sermons on the seven final words of Christ. This religious ceremony is well-known in numerous Protestant churches. Good Friday holiday is a certified fast day of the Catholic Church.

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Good Friday

The Eastern Churches have different traditions for the Good Friday which they refer to as Great Friday. The Orthodox Church starts the day with the Morning Prayer, where the "Twelve Gospels" is chanted, which entails twelve passages from the Passion narratives. In the morning, the "Little Hours" is followed one after the other, comprising of Gospel, Epistle, and Prophet readings. The Evening Prayer concludes with a solemn worship of the epitaphion, which is a decorated veil displaying images of the burial of Christ. The Night Prayer is inclusive of an expression of grief on the lips of the Virgin Mary. On the night of Good Friday, a symbolic burial of Christ is carried out. Customarily, Syrian and Chaldean Christians stop using their usual Shlama greeting "peace be with you" on Good Friday, since Judas addressed Christ in that way. Instead they say "the light of God be with your departed ones". In Russia, the custom is to bring out a silver coffin, bearing a cross, surrounded by flowers and candles. They crawl on their knees and kiss and worship the illustration of Christ's body painted on the shroud.


The commemoration of Good Friday is very old, and a few of the practices related to Good Friday are confirmed by Egeria in the 4th century. The day steadily became a time of atonement and fasting in observance of the anniversary of Christ’s death. The name Good Friday probably came from "God's Friday" even though the precise origin for the present name is uncertain. The tradition of worshiping the cross on Good Friday most likely derived in Jerusalem in the 7th or 8th century, and is still exists in numerous Western Churches today. A variety of churches commemorates Good Friday such as the Eastern and Catholics Christians. Lutherans, Anglicans and Methodists also celebrate Good Friday.