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  • Good Friday 2016.Reuters
  • Good Friday 2016.Reuters
  • Good Friday 2016.Reuters

Christians will celebrate Good Friday, also known as Black Friday or Easter Friday, March 25 to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is observed the Friday before Easter. 

Good Friday is a public holiday in many parts of the world and devotees consider it as a day to fast as their sacrifice to the Lord, who died for the sins of other people on Earth. According to the Holy Gospel, Jesus' disciple Judas Iscariot betrayed him with a kiss for thirty pieces of silver at the Garden of Gethsemane. "While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?" according to Luke 22:47-48.

Since the two days before Easter are considered as a period of mourning, the celebration of the Holy Eucharist or Holy Mass will not be performed until Easter Vigil, instead the celebration of the Passion of the Lord (way of cross) will take place in the afternoon on Good Friday.

Check here Bible verses that can be shared on Good Friday:

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. – 1 Peter 3:18.

And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise. –Mark 10:34.

For he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise. – Mark 9:31

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" – Matthew 27:46

And he said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise. – Luke 23:43

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." – John 3:16-17

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. – John 19:26-27

Check here some prayers and wishes to share on Good Friday:

Oh God, release us from the time of trial and oppression and help us to witness the joy and life rising from death. Amen.

I wish you all the blessings of Good Friday as a dedication to the sacrifice Lord Jesus Christ had suffered for each one of us. Good Friday wishes.

Jesus carried the cross for us; he was crucified for our sins. Today, on Good Friday, may the grace of the Lord surround you. Good Friday wishes to you and your family.

Lord Jesus Christ died for our mistakes and here is a day to commemorate his sacrifice. May the blessings of Jesus shine upon you this special day with his loving care.

I wish the Lord will keep you in his loving care now and always. Good Friday greetings.

Credits: Open Bible