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Things you need to know about Good Friday


Through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ on Good Friday, we were redeemed from our sins. It is the most solemn day of the Christian year.


Here are some important things to know about Good Friday:


“Good Friday”, why is it called that?


A lot of people assume it is called Good Friday because a very “Good” thing happened on that day (our redemption).

Even though “Good” has a simple definition and is a common word, that is not really where the name came from, however, the actual origin is disputed.


The Catholic Encyclopedia explains:


The origin of the term “Good” is not clear. Some say it is from “God’s Friday” (Gottes Freitag); others maintain that it is from the German Gute Freitag, and not specially English.


It is also argued that the name is based on a Medieval use of the word good where it meant “holy.” Thus “Good Friday” would have come from “Holy Friday,” the same way we have Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday.



The first Good Friday, what happened then?


At night, Jesus was brought before the high priests Annas and Caiaphas after his arrest. This was when Peter denied him.


According to the gospels, Jesus:


Was taken before Pilate in the morning,

Sent to Herod,

Returned to Pilate,

Was mocked and beaten,

Saw Barabbas released in his stead,

Was crowned with thorns,

Was condemned to death,

Carried the crushing burden of his cross,

Told the weeping women what would happen in the future,

Was crucified between two thieves,

Forgave those who crucified him,

Entrusted the Virgin Mary to the beloved disciple,

Assured the good thief of his salvation,

Said his famous seven last words,

Cried out and died,

There was darkness over the land,

There was an earthquake,

The veil of the temple was torn in two,

Many saints of the Old Testament period were raised,

A soldier pierced Christ’s side and blood and water flowed out,

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body,

He was buried in Joseph’s own tomb,

A guard was set over the tomb,

All Jesus’ friends and family grieved at his death.


If you would like to read from your bible, please refer to:


Matthew 27:1-66

Mark 15:1-47

Luke 23:1-56

John 18:28-19:42


               How is Good Friday celebrated today?


According to the main document governing the celebrations connected with Easter, Paschales Solemnitatis:


  1. On this day, when “Christ our passover was sacrificed,” the Church:


meditates on the passion of her Lord and Spouse,

adores the cross,

commemorates her origin from the side of Christ asleep on the cross,

and intercedes for the salvation of the whole world.


               Fasting and abstinence, are they really required on Good Friday?


Yes they are.

Paschales Solemnitatis notes:


  1. Good Friday is a day of penance to be observed as of obligation in the whole Church, and indeed through abstinence and fasting.


               The Sacraments, are they or are they not celebrated on Good Friday?


For the most part, no. Good Friday is the only day of the year on which the celebration of Mass is forbidden.


Paschales Solemnitatis notes:


  1. On this day, in accordance with ancient tradition, the Church does not celebrate the Eucharist.


Holy Communion is distributed to the faithful during the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion alone, though it may be brought at any time of the day to the sick who cannot take part in the celebration.


  1. All celebration of the sacraments on this day is strictly prohibited, except for the sacraments of Penance and Anointing of the Sick.


Funerals are to be celebrated without singing, music, or the tolling of bells, and


Baptism in danger of death is also permitted.


.                What liturgical celebrations occur on this day?


The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion is the main one. It includes:


A liturgy of the word,

The adoration of the cross and

A Communion service using hosts already consecrated.


Paschales Solemnitatis notes:


  1. The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion is to take place in the afternoon, at about three o’clock.


The time will be chosen which seems most appropriate for pastoral reasons in order to allow the people to assemble more easily, for example shortly after midday, or in the late evening, however not later than nine o’clock.


               The Veneration of the Cross, How should it be done?


Paschales Solemnitatis notes:


  1. For veneration of the cross, let a cross be used that is of appropriate size and beauty, and let one of the forms for this rite as found in the Roman Missal be followed.


The rite should be carried out with the splendor worthy of the mystery of our salvation: both the invitation pronounced at the unveiling of the cross, and the people’s response should be made in song, and a period of respectful silence is to be observed after each act of veneration—the celebrant standing and holding the raised cross.


  1. The cross is to be presented to each of the faithful individually for their adoration since the personal adoration of the cross is a most important feature in this celebration; only when necessitated by the large numbers of faithful present should the rite of veneration be made simultaneously by all present.


Only one cross should be used for the veneration, as this contributes to the full symbolism of the rite.


During the veneration of the cross the antiphons, “Reproaches,” and hymns should be sung, so that the history of salvation be commemorated through song. Other appropriate songs may also be sung (cf. n. 42).


               After the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, What happens next?

Paschales Solemnitatis notes:


  1. After the celebration, the altar is stripped; the cross remains however, with four candles.


An appropriate place (for example, the chapel of repose used for reservation of the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday) can be prepared within the church, and there the Lord’s cross is placed so that the faithful may venerate and kiss it, and spend some time in meditation.


               Are other devotions appropriate to Good Friday?


Paschales Solemnitatis notes:


  1. Devotions such as the “Way of the Cross,” processions of the passion, and commemorations of the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary are not, for pastoral reasons, to be neglected.


The texts and songs used, however, should be adapted to the spirit of the Liturgy of this day.


Such devotions should be assigned to a time of day that makes it quite clear that the Liturgical celebration by its very nature far surpasses them in importance.





  1. Pamela Christiansen Reply

    Amen Praise Jesus

  2. Jaco Roets Reply

    Good Friday is not Christian and Pagan and a fertility sexual feast Instituted by Esthar . Christ was three days in and three nights in the Grave. If we count from 15:00 Friday to Sunday morning sunrise we get 1 night and 2 days. This proves to be the worship of a false Christ ( Tummuz) .

    Christ was Crusified in 31 AD and not 33 AD .These days fall in place and match God’s calendar for that year and Passover and the First day of unleavened bread which is 7 days. Only the 1st and 7th day of this feast are to be kept as Sabbaths. The Holy Supper was kept on the Tuesday evening after sunset in other words they start of the Passover. God’s calendar works from sunset to sunset.

    Christ was Crusified on 9 am that Wednesday morning and was on the stake/ cross till 15:00 and died.

    He and the other bodies were removed because it was not allowed to have the dead bodies hanging on the cross during the a weekly or Annual Sabbath. This annual Sabbath was the First day of unleavened bread which was a Thursday.

    On the Friday ( preparation day for the weekly Sabbath ) the woman went and bought some spices .

    Then the weekly Sabbath from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset.

    Jesus also gave the sign of Jonah to know He is the Christ. Jonah was three days and three nights in Fish.

    So Jesus Christ was not Crusified on a Friday or resurrected on a Sunday.

    Scriptures clearly say ” on the First day before sun rise Jesus was risen. “Was risen” is past tense and the Woman went to the grave on found it open.

    So if we count From Wednesday 15:00 72 hours on Jesus was risen at 15:00 that Saturday afternoon.

    If Jesus was Crusified on the Friday then that is not Christ and the Christ that should not be worshipped.

    Good Friday is an abomination and God does not allow that we worship other gods and we to say ” but we worship Christ ” . He doesn’t listen to vain worship and and is what Easter and Sunday resurrection worship is.

    Did you know that this Pagan feast was kept even before Christ was born?

    So investigate your doctrine of Easter and Sunday resurrection because it is not Biblical.

  3. Joseph Clem Reply

    Good Friday may be an abomination, but Good Wednesday in not!

    Jesus was crucified on Preparation Day, the day before the Passover Sabbath which can come on any day of the week. The Passover Sabbath came on Thursday the week Jesus was crucified which began at 6 PM on Wednesday evening. So Jesus was crucified, and placed in the tomb before 6 PM on Wednesday. From Wednesday evening to Saturday evening is 3 days and 3 nights. When the women came to anoint Jesus’ body Sunday morning, the stone had been rolled away, He was not there for He had risen from the dead as He said, “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” John 10:17-18

  4. wacoi Reply

    Believe what you will.Holy day for me as a Christian and day to remember and reflect on God’s love for me by his death on the cross. Only the Catholic church givescthisvday the solemnity it deserves.

  5. Sammy Cagumbay Reply

    If you say that Jesus was crucified in Good Friday, you are making him a liar. He said 3 nights and 3 days (Matthew 12:40) in the hearth of the earth – that is 72 hours, and not one day and two nights.

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