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Georgian Orthodox church marks Good Friday today
14 April, 2017
Orthodox Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Golgotha today, on Good Friday. The holiday is observed during Holy Week on the Friday proceeding Easter Sunday.

In the Orthodox understanding, the events of Holy Week are not simply an annual commemoration of past events, but the faithful actually participate in the death and resurrection of Jesus yearly.

The Crucifixion of Jesus was on a Friday, the Bible says. The estimated year of Good Friday is AD 33.

On Holy Friday the Stations of the Cross are often prayed either in the church or outside, and a prayer service is held. In the afternoon, at 2 PM the parish gathers for the Vespers of the Taking-Down from the Cross, commemorating the Deposition from the Cross.

Because of the penitence and sorrow associated with the Crucifixion of Jesus, the Divine Liturgy is never celebrated on Great Friday.

Good Friday is the hardest day of the Great Lent that precedes Easter. Some believers receive blessing of the priests not to eat anything during the day, some have only bread and water.

Eggs are painted red and Paska, special Easter bread symbolizing Golgotha, the mountain where Christ was crucified, is made on this day.

The egg is a symbol of eternal life, as living beings are born from them. The red color symbolizes blood, as Jesus Christ blessed the living with his blood.

Photo by Tiko Bubuteishvili

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