Friday, April 02, 2010

What's Good About Good Friday?

When you think about things that are good, being crucified on a cross probably doesn't rise to the top of your list. So, why do Christians call the day they commemorate the death of Jesus, "Good…"

SHOOT: There are over a billion Christians in the world, and a billion Muslims. That means over 2 thirds of the world are neither Christian nor Muslim.
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JERUSALEM – The cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City became moving forests of wooden crosses as Christian pilgrims and clergymen commemorated the day of Jesus' crucifixion, Good Friday.

Black-robed nuns filed past metal barriers erected by police as dozens of tourists in matching red baseball hats held up digital cameras. Some pilgrims carried elaborately carved crucifixes, while others had crude crosses made of two planks held together with tape.

Good Friday rituals center on the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Christian tradition says Jesus was crucified and buried before his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

While Catholics and Orthodox Christians follow different calendars, this year their Easters coincide and the churches are commemorating Good Friday together.

Christian pilgrims flock to Holy City for Good Friday

Amalia Daskalaki, 71, from the Greek island of Crete, said this was her third visit to Jerusalem for Good Friday and that she was moved each time. "It's so nice. I like to cry all the time," she said.

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