Good Friday of Holy Week

  • March 21, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Good Friday is observed every year on the Friday before Easter.  It is a holy day celebrated by many Christians around the world.  On this day, Christians commemorate the suffering and death on the cross of Jesus Christ.  It's called "Good" because of all the wonder and meaning that flowed from it - "love is stronger than death".  This is the day when Jesus was handed over for trial, tortured and forced to carry his cross through the streets of Jerusalem, nailed to the cross on a hill known as Calvary, and allowed to die a slow and agonizing death while being mocked by the crowd.  Holy week began last Sunday with:
  • Palm Sunday - Jesus entry into Jerusalem
  • Maundy Thursday - The Last Supper
  • Good Friday - Crucifixion
  • Holy Saturday - Day of waiting
  • Easter Sunday - Resurrection
I remember going to church with my family when I was little and getting so excited about the Palm fronds that you would get on Palm Sunday.  My sisters and I would each get a Palm and take it home to braid and hang over a picture of Jesus we had in our hallway.  My brothers, of course used their Palms to smack each other with on the ride home from church, that is until my mom would take it away from them and they would get in trouble.  Easter is two days away and I'm looking forward to my family getting together in celebration.  I love the early morning when the kids get up and are wanting to go downstairs to see what the Easter Bunny left for them in their baskets.  Spring is officially here and the weather is finally getting warmer.  Happy "Good" Friday!!