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Good Friday
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[German Version]

(Fr. vendredi saint, Ger. Karfreitag from OHG kara, “lament”) commemorates the day of Jesus’ crucifixion (Cross/Crucifixion: III) and death; it is one of the most solemn Christian festivals. Fasting (III, 1) on Good Friday and Holy Saturday is attested at an early date. In the 4th century, there emerged elements of a Good Friday liturgy celebrated without a Eucharist. In Jerusalem the events surrounding the cross were retraced in a way that was geographically and temporally unique. Processions came to play an important role, especially one…

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Wiggermann, Karl-Friedrich, “Good Friday”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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