Good Friday Greek Orthodox 2022

Good Friday Greek Orthodox 2022

Orthodox Good Friday is celebrated Friday before Easter according to the Julian calendar and falls on April 22 this year. While many Western churches follow the Gregorian calendar while celebrating events, Orthodox Churches retained the Julian calendar. Thus, they observe Good Friday and celebrate Easter at a much later date than the Western churches. This day is also known as Great Friday, Holy Friday, and Holy and Great Friday.

HISTORY OF ORTHODOX GOOD FRIDAY

Orthodox Good Friday is not a public holiday, however, it has been observed by the Orthodox Christian Church for a while. In the early days, Good Friday was called “Pascha of the Cross” as it was the beginning of that Passover. The very first Good Friday was observed on Friday, April 3, 33 A.D.

The majority of the Orthodox community is situated in Russia, however, Orthodox Good Friday is observed all across the globe. Some Orthodox Churches in the United States hold evening liturgies throughout Holy Week, along with special afternoon liturgies for children on Good Friday.

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Orthodox Good Friday goes by many other names and it is a strict day of fasting for Greek Orthodox Christians in the United States. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America celebrates the Passion of Christ, or the last moments of his life according to the New Testament in the Bible, on Good Friday. Some Orthodox Churches begin observing it on Thursday night when the 12 sections of the Gospels are read and some churches have a Good Friday liturgy in the evening. The readings are typically stories of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. Many priests remove icons of Jesus Christ from the crosses and wrap them in linen to reenact the burial rites. Moreover, some Bulgarian churches allow people to pass under a table in the middle of the church to light a candle after the ringing of the Church bell. They say this symbolizes the washing away of one’s sins.

ORTHODOX GOOD FRIDAY TIMELINE

325 A.D.
Declaration of Easter Date

The Council of Nicaea establishes the Easter date for churches according to the Gregorian calendar, however, Orthodox Churches choose to follow the Julian calendar.

1290
‘Guode Friday’ Reference

‘Goude Friday’ is mentioned in “The South English Legendary,” a hagiographic work.

1582
Gregorian Calendar

The Gregorian calendar is introduced to the world for the first time.

1997
Easter Date Difference

The World Council of Churches proposes a reform to solve the Easter date difference between Western and Orthodox Churches, albeit in vain.

ORTHODOX GOOD FRIDAY FAQS

What is the difference between Easter and Orthodox Easter?

While the day marks the same event in history, they are observed on different days as one follows the Gregorian calendar and Orthodox churches follow the Julian calendar.

Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?

‘Good Friday’ comes from the obsolete sense ‘pious,’ or ‘holy’ of the word ‘good.’ Less common examples of expressions based on this obsolete sense of ‘good’ include ‘the good book’ for the Bible, ‘good tide’ for ‘Christmas’ or Shrovetide, and ‘Good Wednesday’ for the Wednesday in Holy Week.

What do Greek Orthodox do on Good Friday?

Families attend a church service, they read gospels and sing hymns, a strict fast is observed, and they take time for reflection and introspection.

HOW TO OBSERVE ORTHODOX GOOD FRIDAY

  1. Observe a fast

    Unless you have medical concerns, you can observe a strict fast on Orthodox Good Friday to mourn the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

  2. Attend a church service

    Attend a nearby church service with your family and partake in liturgies, gospel readings, and worship.

  3. Do a good deed

    Orthodox Good Friday is a day of mourning and you can observe it by helping someone in need, either by donating clothes, preparing meals, or helping out at a local shelter.

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5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT GOOD FRIDAY TRADITIONS

  1. Ban on activities in Germany

    In Germany, TV, performances, plays in theatres, and public dances are banned on Good Friday.

  2. Kite flying in Bermuda

    Many countries have their own traditions, however, the citizens of Bermuda fly kites on Good Friday to commemorate the resurrection.

  3. Alcohol ban in Ireland

    In Ireland, which is a major Catholic country, the sale of any type of alcohol is banned on Good Friday.

  4. Intense parade in Ecuador

    n Quito, Ecuador, there is a Procession of the Penitents that draws a crowd of over 250,000 people, in which men, called ‘cucuruchos,’ walk through the streets dressed up in purple robes and pointed hoods and are joined by impersonators of Jesus Christ who carry enormous wooden crosses.

  5. Reenacting the crucifixion in Philippines

    In the Philippines, volunteers are actually nailed to the cross to recreate the crucifixion of Jesus and they remain on the cross till they believe that their sins are cleansed.

WHY ORTHODOX GOOD FRIDAY IS IMPORTANT

  1. It is a day of self-examination

    Orthodox Good Friday encourages people to spend time alone and reflect on their deeds and actions, and confess if required. It can help to bring about clarity and purity in the mind and increase spiritual well-being.

  2. It honors the sacrifices of Jesus Christ

    Orthodox Good Friday is a solemn day to commemorate the time leading up to and of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This day is important to honor the sacrifices he made for his people.

  3. It upholds the tradition and culture

    This day upholds the traditions of the Orthodox Church. They follow the Julian calendar and have slightly different customs

ORTHODOX GOOD FRIDAY DATES

YearDateDay
2022April 22Friday
2023April 14Friday
2024May 3Friday
2025April 18Friday
2026April 10Friday
2027April 30Friday

Orthodox Good Friday 2022

Orthodox Good Friday for the year 2022 is celebrated/ observed on Friday, April 22.

Orthodox Good Friday also called Great Friday and Holy Friday or just Great Friday is a day of remembrance of Jesus’s death on the cross.

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Orthodox Christian versus Christian Dates

Orthodox holidays follow the Julian calendar which generally has Orthodox Christian holidays following behind Christian (Gregorian calendar) holidays. Both calculate Easter and hence Good Friday (two days before Easter) according to the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. but Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar while Christians use the Gregorian calendar to calculate the date each year. The date of Easter is calculated based on the phases of the moon and the spring equinox.

Days to Orthodox Good Friday 2022

Friday, April 22nd is day number 112 of the 2022 calendar year with 1 month, 4 days until Orthodox Good Friday 2022.

 

Dates for Orhtodox Good Friday

HolidayDateDays to Go
Orhtodox Good Friday 2021Friday, April 30, 2021-322
Orhtodox Good Friday 2022Friday, April 22, 202235
Orhtodox Good Friday 2023Friday, April 14, 2023392
Orhtodox Good Friday 2024Friday, May 03, 2024777
Orhtodox Good Friday 2025Friday, April 18, 20251127
Orhtodox Good Friday 2026Friday, April 10, 20261484

When is Orthodox Good Friday?

Orthodox Good Friday takes place on the Friday before Orthodox Easter Sunday.

Easter is the principal festival of Greece and the Orthodox Church.

Traditions of Orthodox Good Friday

The first ceremony takes place on Good Friday where the “Epitafios”, an imitation of the Christ’s funeral bier, is decorated with many flowers by the local women. The “Epitafios” is then paraded through the streets of the villages or the neighbourhoods of the cities.

In some areas of Greece such as Crete, the ceremony is also accompanied by the burning of effigies of Judas Iscariot.

A great celebration also takes places on the Saturday, for Christ’s triumphant return. At the stroke of midnight, all the lights of the churches are put out to symbolise the darkness which enveloped Christ as He passed through the underworld. Then a priest appears holding aloft a lighted taper and chanting “Avto to Fos… “(This is the Light…) and uses the Holy flame to light the candles of nearby worshippers. These worshippers then share their Light with their neighbours, until the entire church and the courtyard is illuminated by the candlelight.

After midnight, the families and friends meet to eat the “Mayeretsa”, a soup made from lamb tripe, rice, dill and lemon. The rest of the lamb will be roasted on Sunday morning for the lunch, with wines and dances.

This festival is of great importance across all of Greece but some place are notable for their Easter celebrations: Hydra, Corfu, Pyrgi on Chios, Olymbos on Karpathos and St John’s monastery on Patmos.

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