Sunday, April 24, 2011

The News Tribe » Significance of Good Friday- By: Sana Naseer Shaikh

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Good Friday is celebrated before Easter Sunday; it’s a pragmatic on Friday. Christians memorialize this day with great the enthusiasm, or anguish, and death on thecross of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Loads of Christians squander this day in fasting, plea, atonement, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross. It’s a prehistoric carnival known as “Good Friday”, and various practices are linked with Good Friday are attested to by Egeria in the 4th century. Good Friday progressively became a time of self-punishment and fasting as the anniversary of the death of Christ. The precise motivation for the current name is not found yet. The name “Good Friday” perhaps comes from “God’s Friday,” this custom continues in many Western Churches probably originated in Jerusalem in the 7th or 8th century.
Good Friday is the Friday which is considered surrounded by holy Week, according to the traditions an occasion of fasting and self-punishment, commemorating the anniversary of Christ’s crucifixion and death. It’s not only the historical event for occasions but also the sacrificial death of Christ, which with the resurrection, comprises the heart of the Christian faith.
The Catholic Catechism states this succinctly: Justification has been merited for us by the Passion of Christ who offered himself on the cross as a living victim, holy and pleasing to God, and whose blood has become the instrument of atonement for the sins of all men (CCC 1992).
This is based on the words of St. Paul: “[Believers] are justified freely by God’s grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as expiation, through faith, by his blood… (Romans 3:24-25, NAB). It usually focused on the premise of Christ’s sacrificial death for our sins regarding the ethnicity and prayers connected with Good Friday.
Good Friday evening begins the second day of the Paschal Triduum, its foremost Good Friday worship services begin in the afternoon at 3:00, the moment Jesus apt died. A hodgepodge customs are allied with the Western commemoration of Good Friday. In the Western Church it is also widespread for the adoration of the cross. Christians move toward a wooden cross and adore it, often by kneeling before it, or kissing part of it. In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, no Masses are assumed on Good Friday or Holy Saturday and then the snobbish host from the Holy Thursday Mass. This is known as “Mass of the Pre-Sanctified.” Several Churches also recommend the Stations of the Cross, also called the “Way of the Cross,” on Good Friday. Most Catholic Churches have to display fourteen images of Jesus’ final days throughout the parish and it is used for in public Stations of the Cross services.
The Eastern Churches have a deep concern about the ethnicity for the day they call “the Great Friday.” The Orthodox Church starts their day with Matins (Morning Prayer), where the “Twelve Gospels” is chanted, which consists of 12 passages haggard from the enthusiasm narratives. In the morning, the “Little Hours” follow one after the other, consisting of Gospel, Epistle, and Prophet Readings. Vespers (Evening Prayer) ends with a solemn veneration of the epitaphion, an embellished veil containing scenes of Christ’s entombment. Night Prayer called Compline, an expression of grief placed on the Virgin Mary’s lips. On Good Friday night, a emblematic entombment of Christ is performed.

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