Thiruvananthapuram: Christians in Kerala
on Friday observed Good Friday with day-long prayers, abstaining
all worldly comforts to commemorate the sufferings and
crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Devotees congregated in large numbers in churches, where
senior prelates led special prayers to mark the day.
"Stations of the Cross" processions were taken out in towns
and villages across the state with devotees bearing wooden
crosses depicting the final hours of Jesus from his
condemnation to the laying of the body in the tomb after
crucifixion on the mount Calvary.
Hundreds of Pilgrims bearing crosses ascended St Thomas
Church atop the hillock at Malayattoor in Ernakulam district,
believed to have been sanctified by the visit of Apostle St
Thomas, who preached Christ`s message in India.
The Catholic as well as Eastern Christian denominations in
Kerala trace their origin to the landing of St Thomas on the
Kerala coast to preach the gospel in the first century AD.
Good Friday also marks the most important day of the season
of Lent, when the faithful lead a frugal life shunning all
luxury and physical comforts to gain spiritual strength.