Christians Celebrate 'Good Friday'

By: Julia Fello Email
By: Julia Fello Email

Today is Good Friday - which is the last day of Holy Week leading up to Easter.

Christians believe the holiday commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.

This weekend isn't meant to get our kids dressed up and hand out Easter baskets - this time is traditionally meant for fasting and penance, to remember the anniversary of Jesus Christ's death.

"Good Friday is the culmination of lent it is somber but not sad because it anticipates our completed redemption and it leads up to Easter," says Pastor Thomas Hoelter, with Rib Mountain Lutheran Church.

Pastor Thomas says the reason why Christians call today Good Friday, dates back to the 1700s.

"Well going way back to the early church it was called preparation," he says, "...so the English were the ones who came up with the term good Friday to protest the superstition that Fridays were unlucky."

He says Easter lilies symbolize the rise of Christ.

"This glorious plant that's white that blooms the symbol of purity and the shape of the trumpet reminding of angel Gabriel's trumpet trumpeting the message of new life," says Pastor Thomas.

Over at Saint Michael's Catholic Church, early mass was held for families who took off this Friday to worship.

Father Thomas says no matter a person's denomination, it's important to take time out and give thanks this holiday.

He also reminds you to leave early to get a good seat, if you plan on going to church Sunday.

He says, "Nobody wants to sit up front so if you want to get a back seat you better come early."


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