New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday remembered the sacrifices of Jesus Christ on the occasion of Good Friday and shared message with everyone. Taking to Twitter, Modi wrote, “We remember the courage and sacrifices of Jesus Christ today on Good Friday. His ideals of service and brotherhood are the guiding light for several people..”
We remember the courage and sacrifices of Jesus Christ today on Good Friday. His ideals of service and brotherhood are the guiding light for several people.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 15, 2022
What’s the significance of this day?
The day holds immense significance for Christians around the world because it signifies that the good always wins even when it has to go through so much suffering as Jesus Christ did for the sake of humanity.
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The day marks crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Also known as Holy Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday, the day is observed as a day of sorrow, and penance.
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is seen as an act of his love for humanity and willingness to ease everyone’s pain.
What’s the history behind the day?
Jesus Christ was arrested in the garden at Gethsemane and was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate, the governor of the Roman province of Judaea. It is when Christ was sentenced to crucifixion, the highest form of criminal punishment in Rome. Christ was beaten, forced to carry a wooden cross and finally nailed to the big cross by wrists and feet.
The death of Christ is considered one of the crucial events after which he ascended to heaven. It is believed that Jesus Christ sacrificed his life for the sins of people. People ask for forgiveness of their sins on this day.
How do people observe this day?
Good Friday falls on the sixth day of Holy weeks leading to Easter. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after Paschal Full Moon which is on April 17.
People attend thanksgiving prayers and mass at the church. Church services take place from noon to 3 pm and decorations from statues are also removed. Priests are dressed in black robes.
Many of them also observe fasting and penance. Most churches across the world are covered with a black cloth at a particular time, when Christ is believed to be crucified.