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The orthodox Christians grief on Good Friday

02 April 2010 / 13:04:31  GRReporter
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Good Friday is the saddest day for mankind. This is the day when it has sentenced its Savior Christ to death. A day in which it has showed is sinful nature and unbelief in the most frightful way. A day when each one of us is “guilty” in a symbolical way. Because symbolically each one of us has sentenced to death the One who has come here on earth to become a human and redeem our sins…

The love of God however turns out to be stronger than the sin of the man and He finishes the redemption. This is how a man learns that God is great and there is no death. There is Resurrection.

The tradition requires that on Good Friday or Holly Friday as the Christianity also calls this day, people do not work. Because this is a day for spiritual thought about the life and death of Christ and his pains, conflicts and arguments are to be avoided. A mean word should never be said. This is also the day from the Holy week when fasting is most strict. On this day as a sign of symbolical mourning no masses are celebrated. Under the sounds of sad tolling of the bells the believers are paying last respect to the grave of Christ. Only in the evening after a symbolical funeral of Christ the priests are taking His shroud outside. With it the priests and the people who have gathered are walking around the church making a symbolical funeral of Christ. The songs that are sung are dedicated to His pain and death. After the end of the mass the priests are taking the shroud back in the church where it remains until Saturday evening, when the Easter parade is carried out.   

Good Friday is a sad day, however it is a testimony that man is not alone. God has sent His Son to the people, who has walked on his way on earth as a human being. He has carried his cross until the end in order to receive his death on it at the end. In this way the cross becomes at the same time the death and the resurrection of Christ. Symbolically priests are saying that everybody has his own cross to carry until the end as incomprehensible as it might sound to the people. If we say it in the contemporary language they are talking about the road of each men towards the end of his destination which becomes the beginning of another one, a new one which we know too little about…

The thoughts of a man about the earth road are different. As different as the roads and people’s lives are. Not easy and not at all covered with flowers. However Christ also didn’t walk easy on his road. “God why did you leave me?” He says while he was on the cross and in a moment when the pain was unbearable. And yet each one of us inevitably goes on his way. Predestined for an eternal falling and getting back up we are walking on an uneasy road. In order to reach to our final destination and merge with it – the secret of life and death.


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