Parishioners share the meaning of Good Friday

Photo: KLFY

Catholic churches across Acadiana including Our Lady of Fatima in Lafayette held services to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. For many, Good Friday is about solemn reflection

Parishioner Kim Hardey who has been attending Out Lady of Fatima for 3 years says they don’t do anything celebratory for Good Friday.

“We don’t do anything celebratory. We don’t do crawfish boils, we don’t play golf we sit in quiet together.”

Aundria Cannon who has been a member of Our Lady of Fatima for 4 years says,

“We try to fast on Good Friday and abstain from too many indulgences you know it’s a day to reflect on sacrifice so we try to remember that by making some sacrifices ourselves.”

Hardey and his family, like many, attend the Stations of the Cross and mass on Good Friday. He says commemorating the passion is the pinnacle of the Christian message.

“The more you come in contact with your own sinfulness, the more you realize you need Good Friday. So people who realize that they fall short all the time of how much they should love come to (mass) Good Friday.”

While Good Friday is a solemn time, it’s also a reminder to Christians of their Salvation. And that’s a message parishioner Aundria Cannon says is the most important thing in her families’ life.

“We believe that sacrifice is the reason that we are going to have eternal life in Heaven one day. So it’s a very sacred day, it’s a solemn day but also rejoicing when Easter Sunday comes.”

Easter Vigil at Our Lady of Fatima begins at 8 p.m.  Mass will be held Easter morning at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.  There will be no evening mass this Sunday.

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