New Delhi: Good Friday is being celebrated in almost every part of the world. It is the day that is celebrated in memory of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. There is no denying that notwithstanding the fact that the day is important for Christians as a whole, it is celebrated with greater fervor by Catholics.
This is an entire week that is celebrated by Christian faithful and different days of the week are celebrated until Easter in different names. To be true, this entire week is celebrated as Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday.
Good Friday is known by different names. While its most popular name is Good Friday, it is also popularly known as Holy Friday. Other names of the day include Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday.
While the day is celebrated by millions of people with great fervor in United States, Good Friday is not a federal holiday there. But as many as 12 states celebrate the day as state holiday. This means that while federal offices including United States Postal Service (USPS), courts and other federal offices remain open during the day and function normally, the state offices in the twelve states remain closed for the day.
It is said that on this day, one of the disciples of the Jesus Christ called Judas Iscariot had guided some temple guards to arrest the Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas Iscariot had received at least 30 pieces of the silver for doing such against the Jesus Christ. After getting arrested, Jesus Christ was brought to the Annas (father-in-law of the Caiaphas, a high priest). He was sentenced to death when nothing told in favor of him during the interrogation.
“To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living.”
– John Henry Newman
“Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.”
– Fulton J. Sheen
“It is the resurrection that makes Good Friday good.”
– Ravi Zacharias
“Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. Wishing you a peaceful Friday!”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
“What is good about Good Friday? Why isn’t it called Bad Friday? Because out of the appallingly bad came what was inexpressibly good. And the good trumps the bad, because though the bad was temporary, the good is eternal.”
– Randy Alcorn
“The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.”
– Basil Hume
“We may say that on the first Good Friday afternoon was completed that great act by which light conquered darkness and goodness conquered sin. That is the wonder of our Savior’s crucifixion.”
– Phillips Brooks
“Good Friday is a day of sorrow mingled with joy. It is a time to grieve over the sin of man and to meditate and rejoice upon God’s love in giving His only Son for the redemption of sin.”
– David Katski
“Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf in springtime.”
– Martin Luther
“Good Friday and Easter free us to think about other things far beyond our own personal fate, about the ultimate meaning of all life, suffering, and events; and we lay hold of a great hope.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer