April 2, 2021, 6:50 p.m. by Karuwaki Speaks ( 328 views)
Good Friday is observed on the Friday just before Easter every year. This year Good Friday is on April 2.The Easter celebration will begin on the following Sunday, April 4.
Good Friday is also known as Black Friday as this was the day Jesus Christ was crucified more than 2000 years ago. Good Friday also marks the end of Lent which is a 40-day period of fasting for Christian.
For the second year in a row, the papal liturgies for Holy Week will be much smaller than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the Way of the Cross, traditionally held at the Colosseum, moved to St. Peter’s Square instead.
Good Friday at the Vatican will include both the papal liturgy of the Passion of the Lord at 6 p.m. and the Stations of the Cross with Pope Francis at 9 p.m. in St. Peter’s Square.
This year Pope Francis chose a scouting group from central Italy and kids from a Roman parish to prepare the meditations for this year’s Way of the Cross.
The pope will offer the Easter Vigil Mass on April 3 in St. Peter’s Basilica at 7:30 p.m. and will also celebrate the Easter Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. after which he will offer the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing.
The pope, who has been stymied from travel due to COVID restrictions, will celebrate all but one Holy Week ceremony inside St. Peter’s Basilica with only a number of cardinals, Vatican officials and a "limited" number of congregants present.