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Easter Season: What Good Friday means in Christendom



As part of this year’s Easter celebration the Federal Government declared today, Friday, as one of the public holiday to enable Christians mark Good Friday.

Easter is right around the corner, but before people around the world celebrate the holiday, those who observe it religiously will commemorate the season with Good Friday.

According USA TODAY, the week leading up to Easter is known as Holy Week, which begins after the end of the 40-day Lenten season. Good Friday takes place during this week annually two days before Easter.

While Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter, Good Friday serves an important part in the story of Christ essentially to Easter celebrations.

“Good Friday is part of something else,” Gabriel Radle, Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame said. “It’s its own thing, but it’s also part of something bigger.”

Here’s what to know about the meaning and practices of Good Friday:

What is the meaning of Good Friday?

Good Friday is the day in which Christian and Catholic churches commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.

“If Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the tomb, Good Friday is the day in which the church commemorates everything from his condemnation to his passion,” Radle said.

Why is it called Good Friday?

Good and death don’t really go together, but Radle explains the “good” in the death of Jesus Christ is in Christian ideology, his death represents the redemption of humanity, as the celebrations of Easter wouldn’t be possible without what happened on Good Friday.

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“Christ is offering himself on the cross. It’s an outpouring of God’s love by offering himself on the cross, but it’s also not something that ends at the cross,” he said.

“It’s not just the commemoration of Christ’s passion for the sake of focusing on the agony of it all, but the agony has a purpose. That’s God’s gift of redemption to the world, which finds fulfillment in in the resurrection.”

How do you commemorate Good Friday?

Radle said “there’s all sorts of practices” done on Good Friday throughout the world for worshipers to contemplate and commemorate the death of Christ. It should be viewed as an act done by humanity, requiring repentance – worshipers should confess their sins and profess their devotion to God.

Unlike most religious holidays, Mass isn’t usually held on Good Friday; instead readings of the Gospel, veneration of the cross and Holy Communion are done.

“There’s almost a liturgical fast and so far as the things that are taken for granted, like the celebration of the Eucharist,” Radle said. “Annual things tend to conserve a lot of unique traditions that go back really far in history.”

Also practiced: the Stations of the Cross, in which worshippers pray and reflect along 14 “stations” or images depicting Christ’s journey from his condemnation through his crucifixion and eventual death. In some parts of the world, worshipers will also perform passion plays in which they recreate the events, similar to what’s done during Christmas Mass with the birth of Christ.

Can you eat meat on Good Friday?

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While there’s some disagreement about when the Lenten season ends – 40 days after Ash Wednesday (April 6), on Good Friday or Easter – Catholics are not supposed to eat meat on this day, just as on the other Fridays during the Lent.



“Since Jesus sacrificed his flesh for us on Good Friday, we refrain from eating flesh meat in his honor on Fridays,” the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis said.

Also worshipers – with the exception of children and the elderly – are supposed to fast by allowing themselves to have one meal that day.


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‘I am sound, spirit, soul and body’ – Popular Gospel Singer Buchi denies death rumour



Popular Gospel Singer, Buchi Atuonwu aka Buchi
A popular Gospel Singer, Buchi Atuonwu, popularly known as Buchi, has urged the public to disregard rumour making the rounds in the social media that he was dead.

Buchi, the global acclaimed gospel singer, refuted the rumour in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Wednesday.

According to him, there is no truth in this as I am sound, spirit, soul and body.

NAN reports that the purported death of the award winning gospel minister went viral on Wednesday on the social media.

Buchi is a renowned Nigerian song-writer, author, poet spoken word and reggae gospel artist loved by millions around the world. (NAN)

Meanwhile, besides the news of Buchi Atuonwu refuting the rumour that he was dead, it has emerged that some celebrities who attended the burial ceremony of popular musician, Mohabad in Lagos on Wednesday were harassed by those reported to be area boys.

The incident left a sour taste for Cute Abiola and music promoters, Kogbadi and OGB Recent who according to reports were made to abandon their vehicles to flee the venue.

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Mosque renamed to ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus’ in Dubai



• Mary, Mother of Jesus Mosque
The Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Mosque in Al Mushrif, a district in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has been renamed to ‘Mariam, Umm Eisa’ which translates from Arabic to English as ‘Mary Mother of Jesus’.
The renaming of the mosque was ordered by Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi crown prince, “to consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions,” Gulf News reports.Reacting to the development, a senior chaplain at St Andrew’s Church, Andrew Thompson, was quoted as saying, “We are delighted that we are celebrating something that we have in common between both our faiths.

“Mary, as the mother of Jesus, is of course a holy, special figure in our communities. She is a woman who symbolises obedience to God.

“We look forward to growing in deeper understanding with our neighbours, and we celebrate with them the new name of the mosque,” Thompson said.

Jeramie Rinne, senior pastor of the Evangelical Community Church in Abu Dhabi, also hailed the news.

“Mohammad has made another generous gesture of religious tolerance in renaming the mosque.

“The UAE continues to set the pace in this region for peaceful coexistence and cooperation. We are very encouraged and feel blessed to be a part of this nation,” he said.A church in Al Ain was said to have recently opened its doors for Maghrib prayers.

Church workers reportedly laid down carpets on the wooden floor for over 200 Asian Muslim workers to say their prayers.

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Nigeria already fighting many wars, we don’t need more — Pastor Adeboye



Pastor A. E. Adeboye

Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, says Nigeria is already fighting many wars and should not engage in more hostilities.

Adeboye spoke during the 71st RCCG Holy Ghost Convention 2023.

He encouraged the congregation to pray for Nigeria against war, saying he knows what war looks like and he prefers peace to war.

”We are already fighting many wars in Nigeria, wars against kidnappers and war against terrorists; there are still places in Nigeria today when people go to bed they are not sure they won’t be killed before tomorrow morning”.

”We are still fighting wars against some people. If you are a farmer and you plant, to them, what you have planted is food for their cows, and their cows come to eat your harvest, and you complain they kill you.”

”We are still fighting war against hunger, etc. fighting mysterious wars.”

”Surely we don’t want more wars, we want to win the ones we are fighting, and we don’t want fresh wars within or outside our borders.”

”For this reason, we don’t pray for war.”

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