Good Friday is a day of mourning and all the ceremonies and rituals of the day are centered on the feeling of sorrow at the pain and humiliation that Jesus underwent for the cause of goodness and humanity. The followers of Christianity observe this day primarily commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. Jesus is believed to have died on the Cross at three in the afternoon on Friday. The traditional service ends around this time only.
On Good Friday, each reading is followed by a message from the priest, a few minutes of silent meditation, short sermons and hymns. Good Friday services are aimed at allowing worshippers to experience some sense of the pain and humiliation that Christ experienced on this very day, centuries back, for the purpose of serving and saving humanity. The church services are usually observed between 12 noon and 3 p.m.
The Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, and Good Friday falls two days before Easter Sunday. The rituals follow a three-hour service, which consists of reading passages from the Gospel about the Seven Last Words of Jesus. Two most noted sentences are: ‘Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing' and ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit'. Both of them are read and remembered in church services on this day.
A day of fasting, prayer and repentance, Good Friday is meant to commemorate the suffering of Jesus. Christians across the world do not mark the day as a historical event, but the sacrificial death of Christ. It also marks the end of the 40-day period of fasting and renunciation during Lent.
Good Friday 2019: Friday Apr 19.