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Good Friday: The day to self-reflect to see our stark reality
Good Friday is going to be observed on April 14 as a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The observance is solemn and religious in nature on the Friday proceeding Easter Sunday.

Here "good" simply means being pious or holy; and the Catholic Church treats Good Friday as a fast day on which one should not indulge in anything profane and should devote time to 'specific prayers and devotions as acts of reparation for the sufferings and insults that Jesus suffered during his Passion on Good Friday'.

On Good Friday, after three o'clock in the afternoon, believed to be time at which Jesus had died, is the time to venerate the cross in churches and follow the burial procession.

The message of Good Friday is that of sacrifice, hope and triumph since Christ's death at the cross is regarded as the supreme sacrifice to redeem humanity from sins.

Robert G Trache perceives Good Friday as the day for self-reflection and says, "Good Friday is the mirror held up by Jesus so that we can see ourselves in all our stark reality, and then it turns us to that cross and to his eyes and we hear these words, 'Father forgive them for they know not what they do.' That's us!"

The 20th century English Christian leader and Anglican cleric John Stott had once proclaimed, "We live and die; Christ died and lived!"

"For true Christians, Good Friday is a reminder of the compassion, optimism, love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It's the day that rekindles hope and redemption to speak of love, forgiveness and truth for treading the path of goodness," said a Christian colleague in Jaipur.

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