Christians celebrate Good Friday in Jerusalem

Easter and Passover

Easter and Passover

There is no mass on this day until the Easter Vigil, which is celebrated at sundown on Holy Saturday.

Edith Lorek, another spectator, enjoyed watching the procession with her friends: "I'm a believer and for me it's important because it reminds me of Good Friday, the whole story."According to the Christian faith, Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, symbolizing death is not the end but rather a new beginning". The Cathedral Church of Mary Help of Christians is the principal place of worship of the over three lakh Catholics of the Shillong Archdiocese which covers the Khasi and Jaintia Hills of Christian-dominated Meghalaya.

In Schenectady, seven churches unite for the annual Way of the Cross procession. Ceremonies were also performed in Presbyterian Church, the Baptist Church, the Pentecostal Church and the Salvation Army.

Christian pilgrims light candles inside the Holy Sepulchre church during Good Friday in Jerusalem Friday, April 14, 2017.

Globacom urged Christians to use the occasion to remind themselves of the core essence of Easter which included "love and sacrifice", adding that Christians should use this period to further reflect deeply on the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the Cross. Shops and other commercial establishments remained closed in major towns of the state.

Rituals center on the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Christian tradition says Jesus was crucified and buried before his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

After enduring one of the most cruel forms of execution known to humankind, Jesus Christ, the Son of God died on behalf of man.

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