Good Friday: Christians observe the Way of the Cross

Lauren Perry
April 15, 2017

The congregants spend Good Friday focusing on righting themselves before the focus of services pivot over the weekend to Jesus and his resurrection for the duration of the Easter holiday weekend, Father Swierz said.

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion death of Jesus Christ, and Krahn reminded the congregation that cross-themed jewelry depicts, in essence, an instrument of execution. The idea was to create a path, in England and France, to individual churches, imitating the "stations" or steps Jesus took while carrying his cross.

In Rwanda, every year, the majority of Christian churches align this day with the traditional ways of commemoration.

Parishioners at St Peter's Catholic Church, Padungan say the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy before the Good Friday service.

Some of his parishioners had attended "Living Stations" past year at another church in the county and they brought the idea back to Timby. "Each one is an expression of the church, just as each of the Gospels is an expression of who Jesus was, and his message". In many Catholic communities, they walk the way of the cross in their local communities, reliving the experience of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord. The holy day commemorates the last supper of Jesus Christ, the final meal he shared with his disciples in Jerusalem before being betrayed and crucified. "The tomb is empty and we're here to worship him for that".

Bradford's version of the Way of the Cross, also known as "Via Crucis", is called "WalkThru: Reflections of Calvary, an interactive journey through the last moments of Jesus Christ".

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LaBone shared a passage from the Life Teen catechesis on praying the station of the cross: "The goal is to contemplate the depth of love God demonstrated on the cross".

The Spirit of the Desert Church in Ivins was represented by Reverend Lee Montgomery, who said his fellowship has participated for more than 10 years or so, he said.

"I felt led to come", Travis said. IBTimes Singapore brings you a series of images showing the celebration of Palm Sunday around the world.

"I feel grateful for what Jesus did for us on the cross", said Maria Rodriguez, adding "He loved us and He sacrificed for us and He died for our sins".

"A towel and basin [mentality] is the way we need to live life", Gearhart said.

"People can loose focus about what it's all about, but you know, we can give meaning to a lot of things that shouldn't be there, but if we keep him first in everything we do, it's a positive testimony of what he can do in our lives", says Gray. She said she teaches second graders to prepare them for two sacraments first confession and Holy Communion.

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