Is it a paradox that the world refers the day of Jesus’s death as Good Friday? It is considered that the words Good Friday has evolved from “God’s Friday”. It is the day which is central to the ideologies and beliefs of Christianity. The day is not about celebration, but of mourning.
It is this black day when the Lord Jesus, the son of God was crucified by the order of Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. The day is commemorated through fast and penance. It is not a celebration rather all believers of Christianity mourn the last moments of their beloved Son of God. The death and then the crucifixion of Jesus Christ are remembered on this day. It is considered as the most solemn day in Christianity. The day varies each year as it is based on the March equinox, but generally falls between March 20 and April 23. The last Friday before Easter is the Good Friday.Goodness and Good Friday:
Good Friday makes the world remember the greatness of God’s love and God’s submission to death for humanity. The commemoration of Jesus’ death makes the humanity aware of the human sin and betrayal that led to his death. It makes us realize that salvation can be attained through godly sorrow and repentance. So to get happiness, one needs to experience sorrow. This is the very essence of Good Friday and this goodness makes it ‘good’. Jesus Christ sacrificed his life to make the world realize the importance of good. This is the major reason why this Black Friday is popularly known as “Good Friday or Great Friday”.Traditions Followed by Different Countries:
The day is observed by performing various rituals and these rituals vary from country to country.
The rituals of Good Friday vary from church to church. Each church commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus, but mourns in different ways.
Apart from these different rituals, most of the churches have some common ceremonies. The churches mourn the death of the Lord Jesus with services in the evening that are generally subdued in nature. Jesus Christ is remembered with prayers, solemn hymns, messages of Christ’s suffering, thanksgiving and finally observing the Lord’s Supper.
Good Friday is an event of paramount level in Christianity. It brings back to the humanity the memory of Jesus’ sacrifice for the sin committed by humans. It is a time to repent and do penance by realizing the significance of Jesus’ crucifixion and then the resurrection on the day of Easter. Good Friday is indeed a day that has challenged the human goodness. It reminds us that our goodness avails almost nothing in the face of our sin. It is Jesus; the symbol of good that saved us and the day is surely a Good Friday.