Good Friday

Good Friday is observed primarily by Christian communities and commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his subsequent death on the Mountain of Calvary.

Based on the details of the Gospel accounts, the Crucifixion of Jesus was most likely to have been on a Friday (John 19:42). The estimated year of the Crucifixion is AD 33 or 34, dependent upon how one accounts for the differences between the Biblical and Julian calendars and/or the crescent of the moon.  A third method, using a completely different astronomical approach based on a lunar Crucifixion darkness and the account of the eclipse mentioned in scripture,  would point to Friday, April 3, in the year 33.

Good Friday services take on a wide variety of practice among the Western Christian Church, ranging from moving through the “Stations of the Cross,” the final series of experiences of Jesus’ life; by reading and utilizing music based on the “Seven last words” or sayings of Jesus; and by the creation of a service of Lights, or Darkness, usually named Tenebrae, which simply means “shadows” in Latin.

LOCC Good Friday practice through the years is as diverse as those which make up this community of faith.

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