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Facts About Good Friday For Kids

Good Friday is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.

  • The estimated year of the Crucifixion is AD 33, by two different groups, and originally as AD 34 by Isaac Newton via the differences between the Biblical and Julian calendars and the crescent of the moon.
  • Using a completely different astronomical approach based on the lunar Crucifixion darkness and eclipse model, a third method points to Friday, 3 April AD 33.
  • According to the accounts in the Gospels, the Temple Guards, guided by Jesus’ disciple Judas Iscariot, arrested Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
  • He was interrogated with little result and sent bound to Caiaphas, the high priest where the Sanhedrin had assembled (John 18:1-24).
  • Jesus carried his cross to the site of execution (assisted by Simon of Cyrene), called the place of the Skull, or “Golgotha” in Hebrew and Latin “Calvary.”
  • The Catholic Church treats Good Friday as a fast day, which in the Latin Rite of the Church is understood as having only one full meal and two collations and on which the faithful abstain from eating meat.
  • In countries such as Malta, Italy, the PhilippinesPuerto Rico, and Spain, processions with statues representing the Passion of Christ are held.
  • The Roman Catholic tradition includes specific prayers and devotions as reparation for the sufferings and insults that Jesus suffered during his Passion on Good Friday.
  • Solemn celebrations take place in all churches together with processions in different villages around Malta and Gozo.
  • Because the sacrifice of Jesus through his crucifixion is commemorated on this day, the Divine Liturgy is never celebrated on Great Friday, except when this day coincides with the Great Feast of the Annunciation, which falls on the fixed date of March 25.
  • Each hour of this day is the new suffering and the new effort of the expiatory suffering of the Savior.
  • The first of these twelve readings, John 13:31-18:1, is the longest Gospel reading of the liturgical year and concatenated from all four Gospels.
  • In Canada, banks and government offices and public sector businesses are closed, along with most private sector businesses, except in Quebec, where government offices and schools are closed. Still, the majority of private-sector businesses (except banks) remain open.
  • Many Roman Catholics (and members of the Protestant denominations) will eat fish and vegetables on Good Friday.