Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 25:
Christians across Odisha today observe Good Friday, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, with prayers, fasting, masses and processions.
Security arrangements have been tightened across the state and particularly in Christian dominated areas to maintain law and order.
Believers started their day with fasting and visited churches to offer prayers.
Some even fasted for about 40 days before Good Friday in keeping with their tradition during the season of Lent. The Catholic Church treats Good Friday as a day of fasting as devotees spend the day in penance and prayers.
“Today, it marks the death of Jesus Christ on the cross for the salvation of mankind. Despite being god, he sacrificed his life for us. He is the perfect example of humanity,” said a follower Joseph Sebastian in Bhubaneswar.
The day calls on Christians to reflect on their deeds and prepare themselves for Easter, which is when Jesus resurrected from the dead three days after he was crucified.
Mass is celebrated with Jesus’ journey from his arrest to his torture to his crucifixion, being read out during the ceremony.
Christians on this day chose to be subdued and in a solemn and spiritual frame of mind, especially after 3 pm which was when Jesus breathed his last.