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Stations of the Cross
14 April, 2017 @ 10:15 am - 1:00 pm
Our local churches invite you, to walk our streets reenacting the 14 stations of the ‘Way of the Cross’ this Good Friday.
Starting from the Anglican Parish of Hunters Hill at 10:15 am, winding across our peninsula and ending with refreshments at Holy Name of Mary.
From the Daily Mail UK, Faye Preston gives us a pretty good, Good Friday explanation.
Good Friday marks the day when Jesus was crucified after he was betrayed by his best mate for 30 pieces of silver.
After Jesus’ arrest, interrogation, and condemnation for blasphemy and treason, he was crowned with thorns, handed his cross and ordered to drag it up the hill to the ‘place of the skull’ – AKA Golgotha or Calvary.
This horrendous journey to his death is commemorated each year with the Procession of Witness, which sees a congregation following a cross borne through the parish.
For six hours, Jesus hung from the cross in the Israeli desert heat alongside two criminals, before crying out at around 3pm and giving up the Holy Ghost.
So why then, is it called Good Friday?
Well, there are two reasons. The first is the fact ‘good’ is another word for Holy in this context. The second is despite the horror, it is Jesus’ death (and subsequent rebirth) which is the cornerstone to the Christian faith.
Without getting into the technicalities (philosophers, theologians and believers of varying denominations have spent lifetimes explaining, debating, and debunking the technicalities), his death, his sacrifice after taking on all the sins of the world, meant we could all be forgiven.
Jesus’ death means we have a chance of everlasting salvation – and for the faithful that is a very good thing indeed.
To mark the bitter-sweet significance of Good Friday, not only is it a bank holiday in many countries across the world, but in the Catholic Church in particular, it is a day of fasting.
What in particular should be fasted however, is meat. As one Catholic said to me: “Because Christ sacrificed His flesh on Good Friday, we abstain from eating flesh.” This is why many people eat fish on Good Friday instead.
So why is fish allowed? Firstly, fish is from the sea so it is a ‘different’ kind of flesh. Secondly, the symbol of the fish is how early Christians recognised each other. Thirdly, the second reason is linked to the fact many of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen, both literally and figuratively.
And that’s why you must eat fish on Good Friday.