Good Friday 2017 :- Good Friday is the day on which Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Catholics are joined by almost all other Christians in solemn commemoration on this day. It is also a legal holiday around much of the world.
According to the gospels, Jesus was betrayed by Judas on the night of the Last Supper, commemorated on Holy Thursday. The morning following Christ’s arrest, he was brought before Annas, a powerful Jewish cleric. Annas condemned Jesus for blasphemy for refusing to repudiate Annas’ words that He was the Son of God. From there, Jesus was sent toPontius Pilate, the Roman governor of the province.
Pontius Pilate questioned Jesus but found no reason to condemn Him. Instead, he suggested Jewish leaders deal with Jesus according to their own law. But under Roman law, they could not execute Jesus, so they appealed to Pilate to issue the order to kill Jesus.
Pilate appealed to King Herod, who found no guilt in Jesus and sent Him back to Pilate once again. Pilate declared Jesus to be innocent, and washed his hands to show that he wanted nothing to do with Jesus, but the crowds were enraged. To prevent a riot and to protect his station, Pilate reluctantly agreed to execute Jesus and sentenced him to crucifixion. Jesus was convicted of proclaiming himself to be the King of the Jews.
Meaning Of Good Friday
When we look up the meaning of Good Friday on the web, we usually find textual and generic answers that state facts “Good Friday is a Christian religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday observed during Holy Week as part of the Pascal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday, though the last term properly refers to the Friday in Easter week.”
While I was doing my research, I wasn’t getting the meaning that I wanted to convey in my words due to the lack of sentiment I found online. So, I decided to ask some of my family members who are very devoted to Catholicism, and these are the answers I was given:
“Day in which Jesus finalizes His mission on earth, He dies on the cross at 3:00pm on the Friday. He died to save us and to take away eternal damnation caused by our sins.” – Mom
“Day of The Passion of Christ, day in which God gives us His greatest object of affection. He sacrificed His only son to save us from our sins so we could achieve eternal life. And Christ, always obedient and trusting His father walks with the Cross that lead Him to His death. Even though He was in pain, and He was treated badly, He never flaked, He stood by His father’s word until the end and saved us.” – Aunt Caro
“To me, it’s the day in which God demonstrated His love for us. He sacrificed His only son. He forgave us for our sins, and gave us eternal life” – Uncle Luis
Things To Know About Good Friday
Nevertheless, here are other interesting facts you might not know about Good Friday:
1. Good Friday became a national holiday in Cuba due to the efforts of Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict requested that President Raul Castro make the religious date a public holiday. In quick fashion, Castro obliged allowing many to celebrate the holiday in a more appropriate and dedicated fashion.
2. Good Friday is not an official holiday in the United States. Despite this fact many businesses, public schools, universities and various financial markets close for the honoring of this date.
3. Fasting and abstinence is followed by Christians across the globe on Good Friday. Those over 14 cannot ingest meat while followers of the religious holiday should only consume one full meal and two smaller ones throughout the day.
4. On Good Friday, the Stations of the Cross are followed in the below order:
1st Station: Jesus is condemned to death
2nd Station: Jesus carries His cross
3rd Station: Jesus falls the first time
4th Station: Jesus meets his mother
5th Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross
6th Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
7th Station: Jesus falls the second time
8th Station: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
9th Station: Jesus falls a third time
10th Station: Jesus clothes are taken away
11th Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross
12th Station: Jesus dies on the cross
13th Station: The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross
14th Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb
Good Friday Ideas for Families
Catholic schools will be closed on Good Friday so the children will be able to participate in family observances of this solemn day. If possible, the entire family should attend Good-Friday services together, or at least make a trip to Church to make the Stations of the Cross (see section on Stations). Following are a few other suggestions.
Hot Cross Buns. The familiar hot cross buns are sweet rolls with the sign of the cross cut into it, and they are one of several traditional European breads marked with a cross for Good Friday. According to tradition, these buns originated at St Alban’s Abbey in 1361, where the monks gave them to the poor people who came there. (You may have your own recipe for sweet-rolls to which you can add currants or raisins before shaping and cut a cross in the top before baking; or you can buy them.) These Good Friday buns were very popular, and were sold by vendors who cried,
Hot cross buns, Hot cross buns! One a-penny two a-penny, Hot cross buns! If you have no daughters, give ’em to your sons! One a-penny two a-penny, Hot cross buns!
Good Friday Quotes :-
We are here with the latest collection of Good Friday Quotes and Good Friday Quotes Messages 2017 and they are really wonderful for the occasion of Good Friday 2017 and we don’t have much time for the day. So, make sure you have something very special and respectful to share on the occasion of Good Friday 2017.
Good Friday Saying And Bible Quotes:
Here Are Some Best Collection Of Good Friday Quotes For Your Loved Ones And Special Ones:
- “Every day of the year is a good day to think more deeply about Good Friday, for Good Friday is the drama of the love by which our every day is sustained.”
- Good Friday offers the best food for one’s soul. As we remember Jesus’ death, the price paid and the gift He brings, may these quotes for this Soul Food for Friday draw us closer to the cross and to the life we receive in Him.
- “If you are going to follow Jesus, you better look good on wood.
We hope you enjoy our collection of Good Friday Quotes dedicated to these wonderful spherical ellipsoids.
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