5 Facts About Good Friday

As today is “Good Friday”, you should know these 5 facts about good friday

1. Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The historical origins of the “Good” in Good Friday remain unclear, though some entomologists believe the term “good” is an archaic form of “holy.” The holiday is also known as known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Silent Friday or Black Friday.

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2. The day before Good Friday is known as Maundy Thursday. The term “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word mandatum (commandment). The term refers to the commandment given by Jesus at the Last Supper: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”

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3. A service called Tenebrae is often held on Good Friday. It focuses on reading the scriptures that describe Jesus’ arrest, trial, beating, and crucifixion. In the Roman Catholic Church, Tenebrae may be celebrated on Holy Thursday. Another variation, called Tre Ore, or ‘three hours’, is a service that runs typically from noon to 3 p.m., believed to be the time of Jesus’ death.

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4. During Lent crosses in the sanctuary or outside churches are draped with purple cloth, which is a symbol of royalty.  Jesus is often referred to in scripture as the Prince of Peace. Churches that have stationary crosses that can’t be removed drape them in black, a symbol of death, on Good Friday.

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5. The Way, or Stations, of the Cross is another way that Christians observe Good Friday.  It is primarily a Roman Catholic tradition, but some Protestant churches practice it as well. Depictions of the last 12 acts of Jesus’ life are placed in the church or are sometimes permanently stationed outside on the church grounds.  Worshipers walk from one station to the next in prayer and contemplation.

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