Today is Good Friday which for me means a meatless night. Normally we have fish but since tonight is a special one we are having a big fish fry. Ma has been waiting for tonight for a while. So what exactly is Good Friday? In short it is the Christian holiday that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.
For us as Catholics it means a fast day and typically no meat. For some it also means a day of rest. In fact some countries have it as a national holiday. It is a day of rest for us as well. We don’t do any sort of work today. Also there is no celebration of Mass between the Lord’s Supper which is on Holy Thursday evening and the Easter Vigil. There are special exemptions granted for rare solemn or grave occasions by the Vatican or even the local bishop. The only sacraments Roman Catholics celebrate during this time are Baptism (which is only for those in danger of death during this time), Penance, and Anointing of the Sick.
Now you noticed I put Roman Catholics. That’s because there are actually two different versions of the Catholic Church. There are Roman Catholics who are who you are seeing when you see the Pope. He is Roman Catholic and all that entails. Then there is Anglican Catholic which was the brainchild of Henry VIII and came into being during the Reformation. The biggest difference is Anglican Catholic priests can marry although much of the mass is the same.
For us as I told in my Family Friday post the older kids as well as Ma and myself will be going to confession today (penance) and then that is pretty much it. We reserve the day to reflect and connect as a family.