Holy Week reflection: The first Good Friday withstands the test of time


Death on the cross was a frightful way for a person to die and Jesus' death was no different. Some churches also hold special services on Good Friday evening to commemorate the day. Though this day has a dark occurrence, it leads to a happy beginning. Well, there are two explanations for the good part of it.

At various points during the morning, we will tell the story of what happened on Good Friday and help people understand what that means. The earliest known use of "guode friday" is found in The South English Legendary, a text from around 1290, according to the dictionary. It is "Good Friday" because God turned defeat into victory.

Jesus' untold suffering and his death fulfilled God's plan to save humanity and proof his love to the people. At every Mass on Maundy Thursday, the priest washes the feet of 12 persons from the community as an act of humility and service, just as Christ washed the feet of his 12 apostles. The day is spent fasting, in prayer and repentance on the suffering of Jesus.

The ongoing killings, kidnappings, corruption and poverty ravaging the country have been attributed to the inability of the political leaders to allow Jesus Christ use them in their political and business life.

Fiona MacPherson, a senior editor for the Oxford English Dictionary, says that the use of "good" in this context refers to "a day or season observed as holy by the church", similar to that of "good tide" at Christmas or Shrove Tuesday. At St John's Church on Kiran Shankar Roy Road the Good Friday prayer service will start at 8am.

Ingold continued: "In the gospel of Mark, we read these powerful words from Jesus: 'For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many'". Though this, Jesus has made people free of burdens of sins they have committed.

The results of Jesus' death are very good!

According to him, the sweat and blood from Jesus' head caused by the crown of thorns reversed the curse that God placed on the ground when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. So God in a way makes salvation possible through Jesus Christ. Significantly, because of this sacrifice through his crucifixion, commemorated on this day, the Divine Liturgy (the sacrifice of bread and wine) is never celebrated on Great Friday.