Everything You Need To Know About Good Friday

Good Friday 2020 Date 

Good Friday is observed on Friday that comes after Maundy Thursday and before Easter. On this day, Christians recall the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ to honor him. Since the beginning of Christianity, Christians practice atonement and fasting on Good Friday to remorse for their sins. It falls between March 20 and April 23. This year, it falls on April 10.

Good Friday Meaning - The Debate Associated With Its Name

The name Good Friday is often conflicted upon as it is thought that there is nothing good attached to it. Hence, there are various interpretations of the Good Friday meaning and how the name came into being. Some believe that it was changed from God’s Friday to Good Friday. Fiona MacPherson, the senior editor of the Oxford English Dictionary had quoted to BBC, that in this case, good refers to “a day on which religious observance is held”. Also, to point out the good thing, it can be mentioned that Jesus endured the punishment for people’s sins and took the agony on homes

A Brief Good Friday History 

As per the Gospels, the Good Friday story starts with Jesus’ disciple, Judas Iscariot, betraying him at the cost of 30 pieces of silver and getting him arrested. He was then dragged to the house of Annas for interrogation. As his responses were found unsatisfactory, he was then prisoned by Caiaphas. 

Jesus was then made to undertake the solemn oath by the high priests who had quoted, ”I adjure you, by the Living God, to tell us, are you the Anointed One, the Son of God?" Jesus accepted it and stated, ”You have said it, and in time you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Almighty, coming on the clouds of Heaven."

The next morning, Jesus was presented in front of the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate and charged with crimes such as not paying taxes to Caesar, disrupting the nation, and claiming to be a king. Pilate asked the Jewish leaders to decide the punishment on which they decided it to be a death sentence. However, it was disregarded as Jews didn’t have the right to sentence anyone to death. Later, it was learnt that Jesus was born in Galilee and hence, the case was transferred to the ruler of Galilee, King Herod.

King Herod didn’t get a single answer to his questions as well. Therefore, he sent him back to be judged by Pilate. Pilate suggested whipping Jesus and releasing him as he, nor King Herod, found him guilty. However, this enraged the chief priests and they put forth their demand for sentencing Jesus to death as he claimed to be the “God’s son”. Upon interrogating Jesus once again, he declared him to be innocent. However, this time he handed him to the crowd, as he was afraid of riots breaking out. Consequently, he was taken with his cross to an area known as “the place of Skull”. He was crucified there with the death sentence addressing him as "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”. Jesus hung in pain for 6 hours, and during his last 3 hours, the entire land was said to be covered in darkness. His last cry was filled with agony and was accompanied by an earthquake and breaking of temples and tombs. 

Different Ways Of Celebrating Good Friday Festival

Here are some of the key points noted on this day:

  • What happened on Good Friday with Jesus was melancholic. Thus, some people wear black dresses on this day as black is believed to be the color of mourning in some communities. 
  • Roman Catholics participate in the Holy Communion for they don’t have any mass. 
  • The Holy Rosary prayer is especially considered good to be recited on Good Friday. 
  • The death of Jesus symbolizes the death and forgiveness for all of mankind's sins, with Jesus taking the ultimate sacrifice for the good of all humans.
  • Many churches build “Stations of the Cross” and act out the process for people to attend. They also hold services from noon till 3 pm to recall the hours when Jesus was crucified on the cross. In many churches, people kneel before the cross, showing their belief. 
  • Some Christians serve hot cross buns (buns with a cross made of dough on their top) to their guests. 
  • Some also observe strict Good Friday fasting rules and some practice light fasting depending on their choice.
  • People also read the “Twelve Passion Gospels and Entombment Vespers”.

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