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Friday of good

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Friday of good

Darkness at Noon. Did that Arthur Koestler title ring a bell?

The sun hid, the earth shook, the curtain in the Big Temple was torn into two. Pray, what was happening this noon hour? Darkness because the Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth, he who knew no sin, was crucified on the cross, . The elements protested on a Friday like this 2000 years ago.

Today, Good Friday, there is a three-hour meditation in most churches corresponding to the time taken for the Crucifixion of Jesus. It was not the thorn crown or the nails that held him bound to the Cross, but love. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believed in him shall not perish, but have eternal life," says the Bible.

There are seven famous words that Jesus spoke from the Cross and these form the text of the message by priests during the solemn Good Friday service. The most quoted is perhaps "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do".

What is good about this Friday, did you ask? It is because the greatest good was accomplished on this day with Christ taking up Man's place on the cross. This in effect means salvation sans a price. If the Good Friday events had ended in the tomb, there would have been no Christianity. But, Christ rose from the dead on the third day, Easter Sunday, in what is referred to as the Resurrection. Since then, Time is referred to in relation to Him: B(efore) C(hrist) and A(nno)D(omino).

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