Updated: Apr 24
Good Friday is a significant day in the Catholic faith, as it commemorates the day that Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. For Catholics, it is a day of solemnity and reflection as they contemplate the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for humanity. It is the one day in the year when Holy Mass is not celebrated.
On Good Friday, we hold special services that are focused on the passion and death of Jesus Christ. These services may include the Stations of the Cross, a re-enactment of the fourteen events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. This tradition allows us to meditate on the suffering that Jesus endured on his way to the cross.
Another key element of Good Friday services is the veneration of the cross. The people are invited to creep to the cross to adore it, as a sign of their devotion and gratitude for the sacrifice that Jesus made. During this, the Improperia, or Reproaches are sung. This is a 9th century macaronic hymn, and is the only other time apart from the Kyrie eleison, that Greek is used in the liturgy.
We are also encouraged to fast and abstain from meat on Good Friday. This is a symbolic gesture of solidarity with Jesus' suffering and death. By denying themselves food and other comforts, we express their sorrow for their sins and their gratitude for the gift of salvation.
Good Friday is a day of mourning and reflection, but it is also a reminder of the hope that lies ahead. We believe that Jesus' death was not the end of the story, but rather the beginning of a new era of redemption and salvation.
Good Friday Mass 2023