For Christians and Catholics, Good Friday is one special day wherein they commemorate the suffering, passion, and sacrifice of the lord Jesus Christ when he died on the cross to save humankind. This one-day celebration is just a part of the week-long celebration called the holy week or the Lenten season. It is preceded by the Maundy Thursday and succeeds the Black Saturday and Easter Sunday. Other terms for good Friday are 1 holy Friday, black Friday, easter Friday, or great Friday.
So basically what happened on good Friday is that the son of God, Jesus Christ, sacrificed himself to save humankind under 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 that day.
For these reasons, Christians, Catholics, and other related religions celebrate the day of sacrifice through different means. Some pray at their local churches while some gather at their own homes and conduct various activities to commemorate the lord Jesus Christ. If you are one of these people who will celebrate the day of sacrifice on the upcoming year, 2018 Good Friday, then below are some ways which you may follow in order to solemnly celebrate the symbolic and historical Good Friday.
- Visiting Your Local Church
- Visiting Several Catholic or Christian Churches
- Attend, Participate or Organize Passion Plays
- Reflect on the Death of Jesus Christ
- Spread Good Words and Messages About Good Friday
- Collaborate with Your Friends and the Community
- The Date of the Next Good Friday
Visiting Your Local Church
As a Christian or Catholic, you may visit your local church and join the holy mass as a way to celebrate the special day. You may pray for praising Jesus Christ and giving him thanks for the great sacrifice he made just for you. If you are a roman catholic, then you may pray in front of the lord in the Blessed Sacrament. You may also do the holy rosary prayer as it is also a tradition during this day. In addition, aside from the holy mass, you may also attend the stations of the cross of your local church. Most likely there will be one in your church since it is also a custom tradition during the good Friday holiday.
Visiting Several Catholic or Christian Churches
If you want to experience a more sacrificial celebration of thegood Friday, then you may level up your visitation to your local church into visitation of several churches. Some people call this activity as “Visita Iglesia” wherein they celebrate the good Friday by attending masses and stations of the cross of various churches. You may go around your province, county, or region to visit the different historical churches in order to pray for the lord Jesus Christ. You may bring your rosary and go to the special sections of the church to pray for the easter good Friday.
Attend, Participate or Organize Passion Plays
Most Christian and catholic communities celebrate good Friday, as well as the other holy days of the holy week, by doing passion plays. A passion play is a re-enactment of what the lord Jesus Christ has experienced during his sacrifice to save us, humankinds. If you know some passion plays to be held in your local area, then you can attend it as part of your celebration for good Friday. If you want to know more about what really happened during the sacrifice of Jesus and his crucifixion, then you are recommended to attend a passion play. If you still have not attended or watched a passion play, then you will have a chance to do so on the upcoming holy week. The good Friday 2018date is on April 14, 2018.
However, to level up your celebration, you may participate in a passion play or even organize it. Participation comes in different forms. You may take part in the acting process, be a part of the group assigned to the makeup, costumes and props, or the group assigned at the scripts and directing of the play. In addition, you may also be a part of organizing the passion play. You will be a part of the group that does not only focus on organizing the ones involved at the play but also the place, time, and attendees or audience of the play. If you are a part of the organizers, it will be nice to provide your audience with some baked bread and tea. You may give the audience some baked cross buns. In addition, if you are a part of the organizers, make sure to plan and prepare ahead of time especially near the date of good Friday 2018 which is on April 14,2018.
Furthermore, another common tradition of Christians and Catholics during good Friday is fasting. Some people do the fasting activity by not eating at all and commit their entire day on praying or other related religious activities. Other people eat meals but they refrain from eating too much. The faithful also eat lightly and refrain from eating meat. This is the main reason why in some countries, good Friday is also called fish Friday since they practice on not eating meat on this day. Rather they eat fish, fruits, and vegetables. You may want to plan ahead of time the foods that you want to eat on the upcoming good Friday date which is on April 14, 2018.
Mass at 3:00 pm
Jesus Christ died on the cross at exactly 3:00 pm. For this reason, people go to mass exactly on that said time. If you do not have time or if you are unable to go to mass, then you can just stop whatever that you are doing and pray solemnly for the sacrifice of the lord Jesus Christ. You may also include in your prayers some of your good Friday wishes like praying for the continuous guidance to yourself, family, friends, and to all other people of the world, which are also saved by the lord Jesus Christ.
Reflect on the Death of Jesus Christ
Another way to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ is to reflect on his death during the good Friday. After all this is what good Friday is all about. Try to think about all the sacrifices he has made just to give humankind an eternal life. Make sure to give thanks for all his sacrifices.
Spread Good Words and Messages About Good Friday
Since we all live in a technological word nowadays, even during good Friday, you would surely be using your gadgets such as your smart phones, laptops, and tablets. It is not bad to make use of these gadgets to commemorate the death of the lord Jesus Christ. Using your accounts on social media in your laptops and tablets, you can spread some nice good Friday greetings to your friends and followers. You can also share some good Friday quotes like “Mercy, peace and love. May the Lord be with you on Good Friday.”
Aside from the internet as a medium for sharing good thoughts on good Friday, you may also use your smart phones and spread the words to your contacts. Give them some nice Good Friday SMS that would make them smile like “Thinking of you on Good Friday and praying that the Lord keep you in his loving care always.”
Collaborate with Your Friends and the Community
If you are a part of a Christian or Catholic community, then it would also be nice to celebrate good Friday with them. You can have a sit-in talk with them and share each of your ideas about the event and retell the story of how the lord Jesus Christ sacrificed himself for the sake of humanity. While doing the talk, you can have tea and some delicious baked cross buns which also commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. If you are a part of the executives of a Christian or Catholic organization, then it would be nice to prepare such kind of event. You should then do some prayers before and after the sharing. Such kind of event would make you closer to your orgmates, friends, and other members of your community. You will be able to unify each other through such a symbolic and historic event.
The Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross are a series of sections portraying the journey of Jesus Christ as he sacrificed himself for the sake of humanity. These stations are often portrayed on passion plays or shown on churches or some selected religious areas. Primarily, there are fourteen Stations of the Cross. These are:
- First station: The condemnation of Jesus to death
- Second station: Jesus carries the cross
- Third station: Jesus falls for the first time
- Fourth station: Jesus meets his mother
- Fifth station: Jesus was helped by Simon of Cyrene in carrying his cross
- Sixth station: Veronica wiped the face of Jesus Christ
- Seventh station: Jesus falls for the second time
- Eighth station: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
- Ninth station: Jesus Christ falls for the third time
- Tenth station: the clothes of Jesus are taken away
- Eleventh station: Jesus Christ is nailed to his cross or was crucified
- Twelfth station: Jesus dies on his cross
- Thirteenth station: Jesus Christ’s body is taken down from the cross
- Fourteenth station: Jesus is laid down on the tomb
These are the fourteen Stations of the Cross. You may see such stations on the passion play or being exhibited n your local church or some other church you may visit. In addition, you may also see the portrayal of the Stations of the Cross on some Good Friday images or photos being sold. You may receive some from your friends or family members. You may also send some to them as commemoration of the special day.
The Date of the Next Good Friday
For different years, the date of good Friday are different. However, for the Good Friday 2018 calendar, it will happen on the Lenten season of 2018 from March to April. The Lenten season for next year will start on March 1, 2018 with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. This will then be followed by Palm Sunday on April 9, 2018. The holy week will then be celebrated on the following week after this Palm Sunday. On April 13, 2018, Maundy Thursday will be celebrated. The next day, April 14,2018, is the date of the good Friday. The final celebration or final day of the holy week is on April 16, 2018 which marks the Easter Sunday.
Differences on the Date
As you may have noticed before, the date celebration of good Friday differs in different years. Some good Fridays have been celebrated on the month of March while some have been celebrated on them month of April. The primary 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. Now, 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 Gregorian calendar.
In Easter 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 the Eastern Christianity.
For the next year, the good Friday 2018 date is on April 14, 2018. Make sure to do all the necessary preparations in order to have a solemn, peaceful, and reflecting commemoration of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ has made to give you an eternal life. Such information given above can help you in your Good Friday celebration. Make sure to keep such information in mind. Better yet, if you need help, you can always count on this article and go back to reading this anytime you need it.