Christians celebrate Good Friday in Jerusalem

17 April, 2017, 04:45 | Author: Warren Cooper

What does Easter mean to you?

So I try to be thankful for the time I have left alive, the many ways I have been blessed, and the blessed Hope that Easter Sunday is to me. Songwriter and 19th century Presbyterian evangelist John Wilbur Chapman summarizes this thought in his hymn titled 'One Day: "living He loved me, dying He saved me, buried He carried my sins far away, rising He justified freely forever".

And then, as the "City of God" hymn reminds us, our "tears will be turned into dancing, for the Lord, our light and our love", will turn "the night into day". Mehraj told The Express Tribune that the holy week is observed as part of the Paschal Triduum which starts on the Friday before Easter Sunday. How Christians celebrate Easter often depends on their denomination.

Pastor Reddy said: "For the last two months our Sunday Class students had been preparing for this day".

That Jesus Christ rose from the dead and powerfully demonstrated to the world he is able to defeat death and offer new life to all who believe and trust in him, continues to inspire people in our modern times.

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You can mock Jesus like the Roman soldiers in Luke 23:11, "And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate". Bishop of Lahore Rt Rev Irfan Jamil performed the lead sermon for Good Friday and Dean of Lahore Cathedral Church of the Resurrection Rev Shahid Miraj conducted special prayers.

This Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Most Christians refer to the week before Easter as "Holy Week", it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper.

Christians strongly believe the cross that Jesus was crucified on, and also the resurrection of Christ is the important symbols associated with Easter. Many people eat dinner with family as a way to spend time with family on this day.

"When we walk along with Jesus in this via crucis- way of the cross- we actually enter into that moment and we believe that Jesus is with us in all of our sufferings here today", adds Father Gehringer. "Good things happen early in the morning, like the resurrection of Jesus". The day includes other symbols like real eggs or the eggs manufactured with a range of materials like plastic, bunnies or hares, nests and lambs.

The church rocks the Civic Center for Easter celebrations - with 4 services starting tomorrow afternoon and activities for both adults and children. It's great that we know and experience the power that is in Christ, but how about the people around you that don't?


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