Local Christians honor Good Friday

Published 04/18 2014 04:17PM

Updated 04/18 2014 07:10PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Today is a day of reflection in the Christian church.

Good Friday marks the day Jesus died on the cross.

At Saint Willebrord Parish downtown Green Bay the cross was honored.

"We are remembering the crucifixion of Christ and that is a solemn occasion" says Fr. Andrew Cribben, The Pastor at St. Willebrord Parish.

"Well the torture that Jesus went through on his journey. He died for us and our sins" says worshiper Jean Hunsader from Sturgeon Bay.

While the services are somber, Good Friday is also a day filled with hope for Christians.

"Today we gather together and recognize not only our limitations, but also the possibilities that we have through Christ who gave us new life" says Fr. Cribben.

The scriptures tell a story thousands of years old, that helped build the tradition of the church.

"Good Friday is special because I have been doing it since I was a child" says Hunsader.

"We were taught from kids on, brought up Catholic religion so we came" explains Richard Christensen, a parishioner from Green Bay.

In addition to the prayers offered up at church, Good Friday is also a day of fasting for Catholics and some other Christians.

As with all the Fridays of lent, Catholics are instructed to abstain from eating meat.

"It is important. The rituals help us remember who we are" says Fr. Cribben.

The Easter message is with worshipers like Richard year round.

"I say prayer, I come to church every day either at 7:15am or noon mass" he says.  

"We are about to remember the peace and forgiveness that Jesus gave us and that is what today is about, it is what Easter is about" says Fr. Cribben.

Local 5 also stopped by Celebration Church for its Good Friday service.

The eastside campus pastor  was glad to see more than 600 people attend the mid-day service.

He wants people to remember that Easter is not just about one day.

The events leading up to it are what help shape the Christian faith.

"We start the whole thing off with Palm Sunday, Jesus entry into Jerusalem. We come together Good Friday remembering his sacrifice for us and it all culminates with a big celebration Easter Sunday" says Bob Gustafson, East Campus Pastor, Celebration Church

Celebration also streams its services online. They say thousands of people are reached around the world.

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