Friday, April 22, 2011
"At three o'clock, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?' which is translated, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'
Thus it has long been a Good Friday tradition among many Christians to mark the hour of Jesus' death by observing a period of silent prayer and meditation. While it can certainly be less, traditionally this period lasts up to an hour and sometimes even longer. In fact, some include in their observance the three hours leading up to Jesus' death as well.
Some will even follow this "3 o'clock" period of prayer and meditation by refraining from loud conversation or activities throughout the remainder of the day - consciously avoiding anything that could distract one from the spirit of the day -which is one of sadness. It is a day that all Christians should spend in prayer, fasting and abstinence."
For the first time that I can recall, I have to work today. . .all day.
Needless to say, next year, I will be scheduling, at the least, a half day of vacation on Good Friday to mourn.
today at three oclock will be sitting at this law firm desk all forlorn