Good Friday 2018: The day Jesus Christ crucified and how Christians observe with prayers!

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, and Black Friday.

Members of many Christian denominations, including the Anglican, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, Oriental Orthodox and Reformed traditions, observe Good Friday with fasting and church services.

This day is symbolic of the win of good over evil because it is believed that Christ died in 33 AD for the sake of humanity; he bore the sacrifice on behalf of the rest of humankind and is considered the bridge between God and mortals.

Good Friday celebrations are marked by a somber, sorrowful tone. People spend the day fasting, meditating and remembering Christ through their prayers. Churches hold services but bells are not rung, and churchgoers and priests wear black clothes. The altar and pulpit of the church are left bare, and candles are not lit on this day.

The significance of this day lies in the Church’s commemoration of Christ’s arrest, crucifixion, death and eventual resurrection.

This year Good Friday is falling on 30th  March’18 i.e. a Friday. So plan an outing for the long weekend.