Good Friday is a solemn day on which Christians recall the death of Jesus and its promise of hope and new life.

In some traditions a wooden cross is set up and people spend time meditating before it.

Other people make the Stations of the Cross a devotion that recalls the journey of Jesus on the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows) in Jerusalem to Calvary where he was crucified.

(In Jerusalem the place of Christ’s death and resurrection is commemorated inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.)

Many Christians keep this devotion but also see in the suffering of Jesus a reminder to be more concerned for the suffering of people in today’s world.

For many Christians, this day is also a day of fasting and penance.

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