Nation celebrates Good Friday with religious fervour

Leading the Stations of the Cross are Fr Darrell Irvine Fr Mathew Koottianiyil and Fr Ray Johnson

Leading the Stations of the Cross are Fr Darrell Irvine Fr Mathew Koottianiyil and Fr Ray Johnson

For 40 days, people give up something which they like.

The piece at the bottom, Krahn said, reminds us of a piece of wood commonly placed near the feet of a crucified prisoner, to keep him from sliding off the cross before death and to prolong the torture.

Easter wasn't always a Christian holiday, however. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus' ascension into heaven.

"The holiday was represented by a bunny, which was an apt sign of fertility".

The Rev. Harlene Harden of Sycamore United Methodist Church said she would be reading from John 20, verses 1-18, in the Bible, which relays the story of Christ's resurrection.

"The message every year is one of good news for those in DeKalb and the whole world", Marks said.

The Bishop also said that after Palm Sunday, Christians celebrate Holy Thursday, still in remembrance of their Lord Jesus Christ. "When you think about it, this is a pretty intense action".

Members of the Italian community take part in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Bensheim, southwest of Frankfurt, Germany, April 14, 2017. That's where the rest of the traditions sync back up.

He said the blessing of Christ's crucifixion is assured if Christians identify with His suffering on the cross. "We have passed through even more hard situations before, and we shall triumph over this too as we remain committed to actualising the much desired change". Like the Disciples we too have to face the reality and demands of following the Gospel Christ. He fell once, twice, three times, and rose again each time.

"Some churches start out with a sunrise service to signify the excitement of Christ's resurrection and to begin the momentum of the day", Oliver said.

Despite living in times of unprecedented technological advances and material wealth, we continue to ask ourselves big questions about the ultimate meaning of our lives.

There were walks and services around the region.Members of a number of churches in Maumee have been coming together for more than 20 years for a Good Friday walk.

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