Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This observance occurs during Holy Week on the Friday before Easter Sunday. In the Christian religion, Holy Week consists of five days of special significance that commemorate the events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The week begins with Palm Sunday and is celebrated with a blessing and procession of palms. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, and many churches host special services in observance of this day. Observances of this day may also include a foot washing ceremony in remembrance of Jesus washing the feet of his 12 disciples at the Last Supper. Good Friday is observed with a service that is often solemn. Holy Saturday, or Easter Vigil, commemorates the time between the death of Jesus Christ and his resurrection and is usually observed with a service held after sundown. Holy Week concludes with Easter Sunday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  It is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar and is the culmination of the religious period of Lent – a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice. Holy Week and Easter symbolize forgiveness, rebirth, and God’s saving power.  

To all people, may this be a time for renewal, repair, and reflection. Happy Easter.