Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday


                                "It is accomplished; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit."


Remember your mercies, O Lord, and with your eternal protection sanctify your servants for whom Christ your Son, by the shedding of his Blood, established the Paschal Mystery. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen 
Today the whole Church mourns the death of our Savior. This is traditionally a day of sadness, spent in fasting and prayer. The title for this day varies in different parts of the world: "Holy Friday" for Latin nations, Slavs and Hungarians call it "Great Friday," in Germany it is "Friday of Mourning," and in Norway, it is "Long Friday." Some view the term "Good Friday" (used in English and Dutch) as a corruption of the term "God's Friday." This is another obligatory day of fasting and abstinence. In Ireland, they practice the "black fast," which is to consume nothing but black tea and water.




2 comments:

NanE said...

Thank you for sharing the Good Friday prayer and the notes on how it is observed in other countries, I never knew that. You might like my Good Friday post also, the picture is quite different and focuses on what Christ might have seen from the cross. Have a Blessed Easter, Nan

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