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How to celebrate Good Friday

Good Friday is the day that marks when Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross for our salvation. He was chosen by the people between a known criminal and himself. Jesus was beaten, told to carry his cross and then crucified.

Today the whole Church mourns the death of Jesus. Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. Catholics are also supposed to meditate and pray between the hours of noon to three o'clock in the afternoon. These are the hours Jesus hung on the cross.

Good Friday is called good because on this day Jesus was crucified for our redemption of our sins. "Holy Friday" for Latin nations, Slavs and Hungarians call it "Great Friday," in Germany it is "Friday of Mourning," and in Norway, it is "Long Friday." Some view the term "Good Friday" (used in English and Dutch) as a corruption of the term "God's Friday."