Christians Reflect On Good Friday In Anticipation Of Easter’s Hope And Joy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –There was a sense of moving from the darkness of Good Friday to the light of Easter morning during a three hour service inside Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

Earlier, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan spoke with WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb and said Good Friday, the day Christians around the world commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, was the day love was seemingly defeated by hate.

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“Good Friday, of course, ironically we call it good. In a way, we could call it ‘Bad Friday’ because the worst thing ever happened, the death of the son of God, but good came from it, namely Easter – life, resurrection, light,” said Dolan.

CBS 2’s Magee Hickey spoke with churchgoers outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral asking why Good Friday was called good.

“To think about all the good things in our lives. Sacrafices people have made for us, that are making for us overseas right now, defending us. People fighting for us so that we can worship any religion we see fit,” Jim Cowan said.

“Good is that he is going to go and rise. That’s what is good.  That’s why it’s not called ‘bad Friday.’ He’s going to rise,” another woman said.

Dolan described Good Friday as “the most solemn day for year” for Catholics and Christians.

“It’s the one day of the year we don’t have mass. We don’t have the Eucharist on Good Friday. So, we had it the night before – Holy Thursday – and then we won’t have to the Easter vigil, which is late Saturday night,” Dolan said.

Why is there no mass on Good Friday?

“It’s almost as if we are honoring the death of Jesus. We’re somberly recalling the death of Jesus,” said Dolan.

Dolan said, for him, the highlight of what is called the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion is the thousands of people who walk up to kiss the cross.

“It’s very moving. Some people are in tears. It’s a real incorporation into the mystery of the cross,” says Dolan. “And then we close down. The altar is stripped. The tabernacle is empty. We close down because Jesus is in the tomb.”

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And for those who don’t make any religious observances on Good Friday, The Mission Youth of Regnum Christi carried a large, wooden cross outside the cathedral. Catholic Missionary Brother Daniel Rolczynski said the group wanted to remind people that “this is the day Jesus died for all of us.”

The group also asked people passing by the area if there were any intentions that they could pray for. Those prayer requests were then nailed to the cross.

“My intention is for my health and my family’s health,” Rosalie Rodriguez said.

“That my family recreate itself and that my children come to Jesus Christ,” another woman said.

Dolan said for the faithful, goodness came from the supreme evil – the victory of life over death, light over darkness, mercy over sin.

“God always has the last word. Life triumphs death, that’s what these celebrations are all about,” Dolan said.

This year, Holy Week coincides with the Jewish holiday Passover.

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  1. paz says:

    @Steve and Hrishi, I feel sorry for you for not knowing Christ.I’ll pray you both…

  2. Louie says:

    Jesus said it is not his will but of God’s will. Therefore it is not worthy to arrogantly question the will of God “if you believe in God” by sacrificing the life of His son for the sins of others. Our knowledge is incomparable to His knowledge. Maybe even a tiniest dot of brain cannot be compared to His infinite brain just like the universe. Do not be arrogant Steve, Hrshi. You are both simply nothing and know nothing.

  3. rockon says:

    Keep an open mind and heart. If you are sincere in your search for truth, it will be found. Do not harden your hearts when you hear His voice.

    Many people ‘search for the truth’ not really wanting to find it. They like the romanticism of searching the truth but not the responsibility of responding when the truth is found.

  4. j says:

    just like spidey having to choose between mary jane and the cable car full of people – he can choose to save mj because of his love for her, or he can choose to save the people because they are doomed and there is no one else to save them.

    spidey can choose to be selfish, or spidey can choose to be compassionate.

  5. Steve says:

    If god loves jesus, and jesus is the son of god, why would god allow his son to be die like they say for the sins of others and the people who killed him ? Thats like a father standing with his son on a subway platform and pushing his son into the train coming to save another man. NO the fathers reaction is to save his son.

    God needs no son, Paul the inventor of christianity made all of this up to coincide with the roman pagans. And you bought it.

    1. Hrishi says:

      I agree with Steve entirely, if God wanted to make the world and it’s people better, happy, sin free, he should have just done so. Sacrificing his own son for the sins of others doesn’t make any sense at all. It would be great if people practiced Jesus’ teachings to be a good human being rather than getting lost into rituals and superstition about miracles. There are no miracles; hard work is required or success and happiness.

      1. Hrishi says:

        I agree with Steve entirely, if God wanted to make the world and it’s people better, happy, sin free, he should have just done so. Sacrificing his own son for the sins of others doesn’t make any sense at all. It would be great if people practiced Jesus’ teachings to be a good human being rather than getting lost into rituals and superstition about miracles. There are no miracles; hard work is required for success and happiness.

      2. jaden says:

        The ways of God are not the ways of men. Just like a child is unable to comprehend many of the grown-ups’ conversations, so it is with us and God.

        We are like an ant in the ant farm who thinks the farm is IT. We humans can imagine the ant thinking that way and laugh or pity at it since we know there is much more outside the farm.

        But so is our folly when we think we know better than God. Our pov is limited, God’s is unlimited, we are finite, He infinite.

    2. KPMc says:

      So much bitterness in your heart. If someone else finds solace and peace in their beliefs you’re trying to diminish it only reflects your own darkness. Find some light, young man.

  6. segmation says:

    Since it is Easter, why not have fun with Art for the entire family? Check this out : http://segmation.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/exciting-easter-eggcitement-art-crafts-www-segmation-com/ and thanks for allowing my comment.

  7. annie sez says:

    Jesus is the reason for the season.

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