Good Friday 2017 is a day that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Out of all the days in the Christian calendar, the Good Friday is the most solemn one. Each year, the date of the Good Friday varies between March 20 and April 23 and this time April 14, 2017 because of the variations in the computations of the date. For this year, Good Friday 2017 is celebrated on April 14, 2017. Catholics and Christians alike celebrate the day with great reverence and humility since it is the pinnacle of the holy week.
Good Friday History
In the ancient times, Christians designate the day of Friday as a day full of prayers and fasting. However, during the fourth century, the Friday before the Easter Sunday was associated to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Greek Church first called this Friday as the Holy Friday. It was then called as Good Friday by the Romans.
Origin of Good Friday
There may be two possible ways on how Good Friday got its name. First one is that back in the days, the term “Good” means holy since it is nearly the same as the term “God”. Another reason is that the German term “Gute Freitag” from the Gallican Church in Gaul made use of this term which exactly means “Good Friday”.
Traditions on Good Friday 2017
Good Friday is traditionally celebrated in a somber state. Masses are held in various churches with the 3 pm mass being the most important one. There are also special services in different churches that a lot of Christians and Catholics attend to. Perhaps the most famous series of symbols for the Good Friday are the Stations of the Crosses. Passion plays are also held to commemorate what happened to Jesus Christ when he got crucified and died for the sake of saving us all. Such traditions you may experience on Good Friday 2017.
Celebrating Good Friday with the Peers
You may also enjoy the celebration of Good Friday with your peers. You can exchange Good Friday messages with your friends and family members. You may also visit several churches around your region with your family and pray for thanksgiving and forgiveness.
Now that Good Friday 2017, is just right around the corner, make sure to prepare yourself for the celebrations and to plan ahead your itinerary. With this, you can maximize the celebration and thus enjoy the rest of the holy week.
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