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Good Friday

April 2

3 crosses at sunrise

Today we pause and remember the great act of love – Jesus crucified.  It is Good Friday. The name Good Friday may seem seem odd to many as celebrating death on a cross does not logically seem good.  There are lots of theories about.  Word wise good used to mean holy. So Holy/Good Thursday, Good/Holy Friday.  Many Christians today understand the the name Good to be relevant because something very good came from the crucifixion.  It is the remembrance of Jesus suffering and dying for the world.

No matter the background to the naming of the day it is a solemn day.  We are in the tomb with Jesus.  No Mass is celebrated. Many communities prepare and participate in Stations of the Cross, walking local areas in prayer reflecting the walk Jesus undertook carrying his cross through Jerusalem.  Catholic communities traditionally gather at 3.00pm for the reading of the Passion and veneration of the Cross.  You can check local details with your parish.


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