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It is Good Friday (also Holy Friday) today!

It is Good Friday (also Holy Friday) today!

4/17/2009 12:00:28 AM

The Holy Friday marks the respect of the entire Christian world to the crucified Jesus. Jesus was made to carry a heavy cross on his way up the Golgotha hill. There he was crucified on the cross by nailing his feet and hands to the cherry-wood cross. The blood of Jesus coming from his wounds has purified the sins of all human mankind. The suffering of Jesus was enormous but he never stopped praying for his tormentors.

The priests take out the Jesus shroud at 11 AM in the middle of the churches and spread it on a special table. The believers cover it with flowers. The priests will serve a burial service for Jesus who died on the cross in the evening. The Christians walk around the inside of the church as if attending as funeral. Then they go under the table covered by the shroud for health. The flowers mounted on the shroud are given away to the people and they are believed to have the power to cure kids and sick people.

Good Friday is a special day celebrated by Christians on the Friday before Easter or Pascha. It commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Special prayer services are often held on this day with readings from the Gospel accounts of the events leading up to the crucifixion. Many Christians view Christ's crucifixion as a voluntary and vicarious act by which death itself was conquered, not as a temporary defeat overturned by His resurrection on the third day. In Early Modern English, good had a meaning of "holy". A "good tide" is, for example, Christmas or Shrove Tuesday.

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