What is Good Friday?
Good Friday happens two days before the celebrated Easter Sunday. During this day, people commemorate the sacrifices made by the Lord Jesus Christ when he was crucified and died to give the people eternal life. Good Friday is called as such because back in the day, good means holy. Therefore, another term for Good Friday is Holy Friday.
So basically what happened on Good Friday is that Jesus Christ sacrificed himself to save the people. He underwent a series of torturing activities which eventually led him to his final destination, the crucifixion wherein he was crucified and died on the cross at exactly 3:00 pm on Friday.
The date of Good Friday differs in different years. Some Good Fridays have been celebrated in the month of March while some have been celebrated in them a month of April. The main reason for this is that there is a difference in the calculation of the date of Good Friday between Eastern Christianity and Western Christianity.
The vernal equinox happens on the full moon on or after March 21. This is called the Paschal Full Moon. Easter falls on the first Sunday after this. Western Christianity makes use of the Gregorian calendar in the calculation of the date of Good Friday. On the other hand, Easter Christianity makes use of the Julian calendar in the calculation of the date of Good Friday. The March 21 of the Julian calendar corresponds to the April 3 of the Gregorian calendar. In Eastern Christianity, Easter can happen between March 22 and April 25 of the Julian calendar, which corresponds between April 4 and May 8 of the Gregorian calendar. Therefore, Good Friday can fall between March 20 and April 23 for Eastern Christianity.
For this year, Good Friday 2019 will be celebrated on April 19, 2019. It is already very near and so you must prepare if you must.
How to Celebrate Good Friday 2019?
There are many ways to celebrate Good Friday. Here, we outline the best methods of celebrating it so that you can bring out the best Christian or Catholic in you.
Church visitation is a common way to celebrate Good Friday. You may visit your local church and participate in the mass there. You will dedicate your time on praying and thanking Jesus Christ for sacrificing his life for you. Some people pray using the rosary. Apart from visiting just the local church, many people also do Visita Iglesias wherein they go to many different churches and pay their respects there and also pray for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Passion Plays never go absent during Holy Friday. The passion play is the re-enactment of what happened to Jesus Christ on his journey towards crucifixion. If you know that a passion play will be held, then you can participate in the organization of the event. More so, if you can act, then you may want to obtain a role in the play. If you just want to watch, then you can do so. Passion plays are there for free. Usually, church members organize such a play.
Many Christians and Catholics celebrate Good Friday by fasting. Some fast by not eating meat or other kinds of food during Good Friday. Some even go to the extreme by not eating anything at all. Either way, both kinds of people are excited for the Easter Sunday Festivities where they can eat various kinds of foods.
3:00 PM Mass
Perhaps the most important mass during the holy week is the 3:00 pm mass on Good Friday. This time marks the exact time of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ wherein he was nailed to the Christ and died there after all the sufferings he experienced and all the tortures he received. The 3:00 pm mass is a solemn mass usually with a theme of sorrow.
Stations of the Cross
Aside from passion plays, Christians and Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Good Friday by exhibiting the Stations of the Cross. there are fourteen stations in total starting from when Jesus was condemned to death until his entombment. Stations of the Cross are depicted in paintings or sculptures.
Good Friday SMS, Good Friday Quotes, and Good Friday Facebook and WhatsApp Status
In today’s modern world, people are so interconnected with each other on social media that they share what happens in their daily lives online. Just like other holidays and celebrations, people share what’s happening with them during Good Friday. If you are looking for some Good Friday SMS, Quotes, or WhatsApp and Facebook Status, here is a list that you can take a look at:
- Praying that the Lord fills your Heart with Peace, holds you in His love and blesses you with His grace.
- Thinking of you and your family and praying that the Lord keeps you in His loving care at all times. Have a blessed Good Friday!
- He showed us the way. He has long been gone. Yet, in our hearts, His name shines on. Wish you a blessed and Holy Friday.
- I wish the Lord will keep you in his loving care now and always. Good Friday greetings.
- “May on this good Friday we start it with Fasting and prayers so that we can bring God’s mercy and forgiveness on all mankind. Let’s pray together.”
- “In his last supper, Jesus gave his body and blood for us! Let us remember this beautify act of the Lord on this Good Friday.”
- “No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.”
- “I believe in person to person. Every person is Christ for me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment.”
- “The dripping blood our only drink, the bloody flesh our only food: In spite of which we like to think that we are sound, substantial flesh, and blood– Again, in spite of that, we call this Friday good.”