Did You Know…Good Friday

Today is the special Christian religious holiday of Good Friday which commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. It usually coincides with the Jewish observance of Passover.

In many Baptist and Pentecostal traditions, the Crucifixion of Christ is often commemorated on Wednesday to coincide with the Jewish sacrifice of the Passover Lamb (which Christians believe is an Old Testament pointer to Jesus Christ). A Wednesday Crucifixion remembrance of Jesus Christ is intended to allow for Christ to be in the tomb (“heart of the earth”) for three days and three nights as he told the Pharisees he would be (Matthew 12:40), rather than two nights and a day if he had died on a Friday.

The Methodist Church commonly commemorates Good Friday with a service of worship, often based on the Seven Last Words from the Cross. It is not uncommon for some communities to hold interdenominational services on Good Friday as well.

The Catholic Church in the Latin Rite has a special Celebration of the Passion of the Lord which takes place on this day during where the biblical account of the Passion of Jesus is proclaimed.

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