Good Friday was observed with much pomp and solemnity in various churches across the tricity on Friday. Elaborate ceremonies in most of the churches began at 8.30am. After keeping holy fast for 40 days, a large number of followers attended the service.
'Good Friday', also known as 'Holy Friday', is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. On this day, Christians commemorate the passion, suffering and death of Lord Jesus Christ.
Devotees spend this day by prayer, repentance and meditation on the agony of Christ on the cross.
At Christ the King Church in Sector 19, Chandigarh, devotees carried out 'way of the cross procession' in the nearby market. In Catholic churches, altars were stripped of all their ornaments and were draped in black.
The churches of Sectors 32 and 24, Chandigarh, along with those in Phase 11 of SAS Nagar and Panchkula, too observed the auspicious day.
In Phase 11, SAS Nagar, devotees had themselves nailed to a wooden cross and re-enacted the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
At Christ Church CNI, Sector 18, Chandigarh, the prayer service began at 12 noon and continued till 3pm.
Seven words said by Jesus Christ on Cross at the time of crucifixion were explained by seven different devotees.
The prayer service was led by Rev Ram lal of Christ Church CNI, Sector 18. Addressing the devotees at the ceremony, Bishop of Simla Chandigarh, Ignatius Mascarenhas said, "We thank God for the gift of faith that enables us to live and witness Christ to the world."
"Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation of our faith and the mystery of our salvation. He gives everyone the joy and hope towards the new life of grace. If we follow him faithfully, we also shall reach the glorious resurrection,"he added.
While giving the sermon, father Henri Raj of Infant Jesus Church, Phase 11, SAS Nagar, said, "Good Friday is a time of repentance when the faithful are supposed to admit their guilt and find ways for improvement. Jesus Christ transforms the person and does not transmit."