“We Are Saved Not By What We Do But By What Christ Has Done”
Yes, in a growing and diverse Christian community, there is a lot of ambivalence towards Good Friday. Several argued that Easter (not Good Friday) is indeed the centerpiece of the Christian story. What occurred on that hill outside the Jerusalem was precisely nothing short of awful.
Jesus wrongly accused of heresy, was sentenced to death in the mainly fierce of ways: crucifixion, the utmost means of Caesar’s state-sponsored violence. However, the truth of Good Friday isn’t restricted to the chronological event in first-century Palestine. Today, I am going to reveal some mysterious facts related to Good Friday so, grab a cup of coffee and let’s dig deeper to figure out the goodness of Good Friday.
What Good Friday is All About?
For every Christian, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year. On this day we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. The ‘Friday’ that comes immediately before the ‘Easter Sunday’ is celebrated as Good Friday. Most of the churches celebrate this day during the evening hours, with a subdued service, where Christ’s death is remembered and revered by singing a solemn hymn, saying prayers of thanksgiving. There are some surprising things you should know about Good Friday is given below…
Why this day is entitled “Good Friday”?
It’s not for the reason you might believe. Despite the fact that “good” is a general English word, alluring us to say the name is based on the fact that something very good (our salvation) happened on this day, and that’s not where the name comes from
Specifically where it does come from is disputed. The source of the term Good is not clear. Some people say it is from “God’s Friday” (Gottes Freitag); others uphold that it is from the German Gute Freitag, and not specially English. This term was explained by Catholic Encyclopedia.
It is also disputed that the name is based on a medieval use of the word good where it meant “holy”. Therefore, Good Friday would have come from “Holy Friday,” the same way we have Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday.
What Happened on First Friday?
Quite a number of things happened on the 1st Friday. Jesus had been arrested and taken before the high priests Annas and Caiaphas, during the night. During this time Peter denied him. According to the gospels, Jesus was taken before Pilate in the morning and sent to Herod, then returned to Pilate.
That day Jesus was mocked and beaten and saw Barabbas released in his stead, there was crowned with thorns, and condemned to death. Jesus carried the crushing burden of his cross. He told the weeping women what would happen in the future. He has crucified b/w 2 thieves and forgave those who crucified him.
Jesus entrusted the Virgin Mary to the beloved disciple and assured the good thief of his salvation. He also said his famous 7 last words and cried out and died.
Are the reparations celebrated on Good Friday?
Actually, for the most part, no reparations celebrated on Good Friday. And the celebration of Mass is forbidden is celebrated only on “Good Friday”. “Paschales Solemnitatis” notes that. On this day, in accord with very old tradition, the Church does not celebrate the ‘Eucharist’.
Holy Communion is distributed to the faithful during the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion alone, although it may be brought at any time of the day to the under par who cannot take part in the celebration.
All celebration of the sacraments or reparations on this day is strictly prohibited, apart from the reparations or sacraments of Penance and Anointing of the unwell. Funerals are to be celebrated without music, singing, or the tolling of bells. Baptism in danger of death is also permitted.
We Require Real, Somber Worship
We need to get real. Too much of Christian adoration today is joy, joy, joy. If you’re not happy, you’re not invited. ‘Evangelical Christianity’ all too often tends to be fake, plastic, and hypocritical.
Even our funerals are celebrations of life. But Christianity speaks most strongly when it speaks to the soreness and brokenness of our humanity, and grapples with the evil and wickedness of the human soul — even our own human souls. ‘Good Friday’ is Lord’s answer to a broken world, and it is decisive. Get real.
How is cross venerated?
Mr. “Paschales Solemnitatis” noted that for the worship and adoration of the cross, a cross sign will be used that is of appropriate size and beauty, and let one of the forms for this ritual as found in the “Roman Missal” be followed.
The rite should be carried out with the splendor praiseworthy of the secrecy of our salvation both the invitation pronounced at the unveiling of the cross, and the people’s response should be made in song, and a period of deferential silence is to be observed after each act of the veneration—the celebrant standing and holding the raised cross.
Cross Sign is for?
The cross sign is to be presented to each of the faithful on their own for their adoration since the personal adoration of the cross is a most vital mark in this celebration; only when required by the large numbers of faithful present should the rite of worship be made simultaneously by all present.
Only one cross sign should be used for the veneration or worship, as this contributes to the full representation of the rite. During the adoration and veneration of the cross the antiphons, ‘Reproaches’, and hymns should be sung so that the history of salvation be commemorated through song. Other appropriate songs may also be sung
What Ensues after the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion?
After the celebration, the altar is stripped; the cross remains, however, with four candles Noted by Paschales Solemnitatis.
A suitable place (for instance, the chapel of repose used for reservation of the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday) can be prepared within the ‘church’, and there (Jesus) the Lord’s cross is placed so that the faithful may revere and kiss it, and spend some time in meditation.
Are other devotions appropriate to Good Friday?
Paschales Solemnitatis also noted that Devotions such as the processions of the passion, ‘Way of the Cross’ and commemorations of the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary are not, for pastoral reasons, to be neglected.
The songs and texts used, though, should be adapted to the spirit of the Liturgy of this day. Such devotions are assumed to be assigned to a time of day that makes it quite clear that the Liturgical celebration by its very nature far surpasses them in importance.
Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday, is actually a dark and bleak event, remembering a day of Jesus suffering and death. Good Friday is also named as Easter Friday, Holy Friday, Great Friday, and Black Friday. The death of Jesus represents the death and forgiveness for mankind’s entire sis, with Jesus taking the ultimate sacrifice for the good of all humans.
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