Today counts for “Good Friday”, “Holy Friday” or “Black Friday”. Let us take out a moment to relive the history on this auspicious day.
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and death at Cavalry. Hence, Good Friday is celebrated by Christians worldwide. Not only to keep faith intact but also to glorify His death for a cause.
But, why do we need to know?
As the saying goes “It is needed to learn about the past to apply on the present and build the future”
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. Now, Easter is calculated differently in the western and eastern culture. Easter falls on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, on or after 21 March. Western and Eastern Christianity follow different calendars though. Western follows the Gregorian calendar whereas Eastern Christianity follows Julian Calendar. But the date falls almost between March 22 to April 25.
15 October 1582 of Julian Calendar falls on Monday whereas it falls on Friday as per Gregorian version.
Enough of technicalities. Let’s peep into the brief History.
History of Good Friday
We all know the story of Jesus Christ. May be a little bit but yes we do know. But little do we know that his own trusted disciples betrayed him. Judas, one of his most trusted received 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus. Judas asked the soldiers to arrest the person he kisses. Jesus was arrested and brought to the assembly.
According to the Gospels, Jesus was convicted for blasphemy. He was made to wear crown of thorns and carry his own cross.
The sentence was written “Jesus of Nazareth, king of Jews“. Jesus carried his own cross to the place of execution called the place of skull or Golgotha in hebrew or Calvary in Latin.
With a loud cry, Jesus gave up his spirit and then there was an earthquake. The tombs opened wide which signified that then people could directly communicate with God.
Joseph of Arimathea, secret follower of Jesus brought in spices to wrap Jesus’ body in a shroud and carried it to a new tomb where his corpse was placed. After shabbat, when Mary Magadelene and others went to look at the tomb “He is not here… He has risen… He truly is the son of thee”
Thus, the third day of the week after shabbat is called Easter Sunday, when Jesus rose from the dead.
How to celebrate Good Friday?
Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal son of God died for the sins of human. If you are a christian and believer of the Lord, then indeed it is one of the holiest day in the entire year. It is not the day of celebration but the day of observing.
- First and foremost, visit the local church. Most of the churches condemn mass prayer for the day though there are services and holy communion. It is prominent for Roman Catholics. They perform Holy Rosary which is a sacred prayer only for Good Friday.
- Some organize passion plays which you can attend or even participate to commemorate the passion of Jesus.
- You can watch movies and short clips to gain more insights into the history and the agony received by Jesus Christ. Some of the movies and short films are:
4. Some people keep fast on the holy day but some refrain from heavy eating and avoid non-veg meals.
5. Pray, even if you are unable to attend the mass.