|Lent is over. For Christians, the saddest and most challenging time before Easter is Good Friday. In the western church, Good Friday this year is on March 25th. In the Eastern Orthodox church, the day is called “Great Friday,” and it will occur on April 29th.
Today is Good Friday, the day that Jesus Christ was betrayed, arrested, and executed on a crucifix. Death by crucifixion is one of the most horrific means of execution known to mankind. As well as being considered “execution,” crucifixion is also considered to be “torture,” probably because it is slow and painful. Death was caused mainly by asphyxiation or heart failure. It was such a horrible way to be killed that Roman citizens were exempt from this method of execution.
According to this article (link to article titled “The Crucifixion of Christ”), the word “excruciate” or, put in another form, “excruciating,” comes from the Latin word “excruciates,” which means “out of the cross.”
|“This is good news this Friday. There is hope for you and for me,” said Father Earle.|