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  • Good Friday

    Today, in the Western Christian Church, is Good Friday, which, of course, commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. I’m going to mark the dat by sharing how the day was commemorated in Tudor times.

    But first, here is the account of Christ’s crucifixion from John’s Gospel. I’ve chosen the 16th century Tyndale Bible:

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  • A Good Friday (Viernes Santo) Procession

    Tim and I got up extra early this morning to go to the town at the bottom of our mountain to take part in the dawn Good Friday (Viernes Santo) procession.

    This annual procession starts at the town church and makes its way up to “Calvario” (Calvary), the hill behind the town on which there is a big wooden cross. We process with a big statue of Jesus carrying his cross and also a replica of Jesus actually on the cross. As we make our way up the hill, we pause at each of the 12 stations of the cross for a reading and prayers. When we reach the cross, the replica of Jesus on the cross is hoisted up onto it. Later in the day, there is another service and procession when Jesus is taken down off the cross.

    It is a beautiful and very moving procession, and I’m so glad that we got up for it.

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  • Good Friday – It is finished

    Good Friday is, of course, the day in the Christian calendar that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Calvary, where he took on the sins of the world to restore man’s relationship with God.I did a talk last year on the medieval and Tudor traditions associated with Good Friday – click here to view that now – and today I want to simply focus on Christ’s crucifixion, the event that was at the root of all of these traditions.Following Christ’s condemnation for claiming to be King of the Jews, he was taken to Calvary and crucified. I’d like to share St John’s account of Christ’s crucifixion from William Tyndale’s 1534 New Testament:

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  • Good Friday traditions

    In this week’s Claire Chats, I talk about the medieval and Tudor traditions associated with Good Friday, the feast day commemorating Christ’s crucifixion.

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  • Good Friday in my village

    Today is Good Friday and I will miss the procession in my village today because we’re off to see the Passion play in another village, but I know that some of you enjoy the photos I share of feast days and processions here so I thought I’d share these photos from a few years ago.

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  • Good Friday

    Today is Good Friday, the day that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, so I’d like to share the Claire Chats video I made last year on how Good Friday was marked in Tudor times. I’m also reposting the information I shared with it.

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  • Good Friday in Tudor Times

    In today’s Claire Chats I look at the rituals associated with Good Friday in Tudor times and draw on the account of Mary I’s Good Friday service of 4th April 1556 to give us a clearer picture.

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