The festival of Good Friday is observed today. In its truest sense, it is the day to reflect and commemorate the life and values of Jesus Christ. Around the globe, Christians are going to observe Good Friday to be reminded of Jesus’ crucifixion, death and suffering, thereby, the true meaning of life.
According to Rev. Fr. George D'Costa, the message of Good Friday is about the way of life of morality and ethics as well as joy and fulfillment here and hereafter. "Good Friday echoes the selfless love of Godmade-man, in Jesus. We easily misuse the word 'love' to stand for superficial feelings and selfish passion," he says.
Rev Fr George D'Costa adds that Jesus had envisioned a "new world
order' by renouncing shortcuts to easy and short-lived success." He (Jesus) never flattered people but opens their eyes to a new vision of life and to a new world, where God's love flows through all the channels of human relations in a communion of brotherhood and freedom," he adds.
Since Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, it is meant be observed n solemn way. Often, it is treated as a day of fasting with one meal and abstaining from eating meat by the faithful.
The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord takes place in the afternoon, ideally at three o'clock with the bishop or abbot wearing a plain mitre. On this day, the liturgy consists of three parts: the Liturgy of the Word, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.
The hymn of Good Friday is: "The noble Joseph, when he had taken down Thy most pure Body from the tree, wrapped it in fine linen, and anointed it with spices, and placed it in a new tomb. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen. The angel came to the myrrh-bearing women at the tomb and said: Myrrh is fitting for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself a stranger to corruption."