Jewish Journal


April 2, 2010

This Friday is good



What makes this Friday different from all other Fridays?

Well, not only is it Good Friday, but, as happens on occasion, it’s being celebrated on the same day by all Christians. And many converged on Jerusalem’s Old City:

The cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City became moving forests of wooden crosses as Christian pilgrims and clergymen commemorated the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, Good Friday.

Black-robed nuns filed past metal barriers erected by police as dozens of tourists in matching red baseball hats held up digital cameras. Some pilgrims carried elaborately carved crucifixes, while others had crude crosses made of two planks held together with tape.

Good Friday rituals center on the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Christian tradition says Jesus was crucified and buried before his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The rage last year was tweeting the Passion Play on Good Friday. But this year, Roy Rivenburg of Not the LA Times and What Would God Tweet?, is turning the dial up to 11. In his humorous manner, Rivenburg plans to live-tweet the whole holy weekend.


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