Friday, April 22, 2011

Remembering Good Friday

Good Friday is the Friday within the Holy Week, it is commonly observed by Christians remembering Jesus Christ crucifixion and his death at Mount Calvary, Catholic Church treats Holy Friday as their "fast day".

Fast Day

Latin church understood it as having only one full meal smaller than regular and two small meals that does not equal to one full meal.

Liturgy consists of three parts:

  • The Liturgy of the Word

Consists of the clergy and assisting ministers entering in complete silence without
any singing.
  • The Veneration of the Cross

has a crucifix, not necessarily the one that is normally on or near the altar at other times,
solemnly displayed to the congregation and then venerated by them and individually
kissing of the cross
  • Holy Communion

Final part of the mass beginning the Our Father, The Ceremony "Breaking of the Bread"
which included prayers and placing of wine the chalice. The priest and people the leaves in
silence, altar cloth is removed, leaving the altar bare except the cross and a few candles.

Stations of the Cross

Usually prayed inside or outside the church, a prayer service is held from midday to 3:00 p.m., also known as the Three Hours Agony. Processions with Statues that represents the Passion of Christ are held in countries such as Malta, Italy, Philippines, Puerto Rico and Spain.

Royal Hours

Forenoon on Friday, people gather to pray , including reading scriptures and hymn singing about the Crucifixion at each of the hours.

Little Hours (Royal Hours):
  • First Hour
  • Third Hour
  • Sixth Hour Hour
  • Ninth Hour
  • Typica
Vespers of Holy Friday

People gather for the Vespers of the Taking-Down from the Cross in the afternoon around 3:00 p.m. to commemorate the Removal from the Cross. The Gospel reading taken from all four of the Gospels.

Basic Facts About Good Friday:

Liturgical Color(s): Red (formerly black)
Time of Year: Friday of Holy Week within the traditional 40 day Lenten Fast
Duration: One Day
Symbolizes: Jesus' Passion, Crucifixion, and Death
Scriptural References: Matthew 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 23; John 17-19

In United States Good Friday is not Considered a Government Holiday, however individual states and municipalities may observe the holiday: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky (half day), Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas(optional).

According to Wikipedia Some private businesses and certain other institutions are closed on Good Friday. The financial market and stock market is closed on Good Friday. However, the vast majority of businesses are open either full or half day on Good Friday. The postal service operates, and banks regulated by the federal government do not close for Good Friday.

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Sources: Wikipedia

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