Good Friday

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The Friday before Easter, kept as the anniversary of the Crucifixion. It is a day of fast, abstinence, and penance.

The present RC rite consists of: lessons and prayers, with the singing of the Passion according to Jn.; the Veneration of the Cross, with the chanting of the Reproaches and Trisagion; and a General Communion of the people with Hosts reserved on Maundy Thursday (see Presanctified, Mass of the). In the C of E, the BCP provides for a normal celebration of the Eucharist, but until recently this rarely happened. In modern Anglicanism a form of service akin to the current RC rite has been fairly widely adopted. Of the extra-liturgical devotions the best known is the Three Hour Service. In Continental Protestantism Good Friday is often a special day for the administration of the Lord's Supper. In the Orthodox Church Vespers ends with the solemn veneration of the epitaphion, and Mattins of Holy Saturday (on Good Friday night) finishes with a symbolic burial service of Christ.

Subjects: Christianity.

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