Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

Christian's around the world are attending many church services these days. Last evening, at my church, Sharon Congregational, we held our Maundy Thursday Service.

"On Holy Thursday (also called Maundy Thursday), Christians commemorate the Last Supper—a Passover meal that Jesus shared with his disciples the night before his death. During the meal, Jesus broke bread and offered his followers wine, saying “This is my body, given up for you.” Many Christians consider this event to have been the institution of the Eucharist, which is a sacrament in some denominations. "
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Today,  there were multiple services at St. Bernard's Roman Catholic in Sharon, celebrating Good Friday.

Christians observe Good Friday (for English-speaking Eastern Orthodox Christians, “Great and Holy Friday”) as the day Jesus was crucified and died. It is the most somber day on the Christian calendar. On Good Friday, some Christians abstain from meat or refrain from food altogether. They may also attend special church services that might include readings from the gospel stories of Jesus' Passion, Jesus' last words, and other Bible passages. Catholics often make the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
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Sunday, Easter morning, there will be an Ecumenical Sunrise Service @ 5::30AM @ the top of East Street, in Sharon. Following that, all of the four churches in Sharon will hold independent Easter services at various times throughout the  morning.

Easter is the most important Christian holiday, surpassing even Christmas. As a celebration of the day Jesus rose from the dead, Easter symbolizes forgiveness, rebirth, and God’s saving power. Christians view the day as a victory over sin, death, and all destructive forces in people’s lives. 
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Clare and I wish everyone a very Happy Easter.

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