Christians around the world and here in the Mid-South came together to observe Good Friday. The holy day commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
At Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Highpoint, Father Simon Thomas physically removed an icon of Jesus Christ from the cross and then wrapped it.
Later a procession carried a red holy cloth representing Christ’s body.
Father Thomas placed the cloth in structure adorned in flowers and representing a tomb.
“Christ died for us out of love. We have to be willing to sacrifice maybe not physically our lives but certainly, offer our love to those in need in every way shape or form,” said Simon.
Meanwhile, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Friday services were similarly traditional, dating back thousands of years.
But at Highpoint Church in East Memphis, services looked very different.
“We use all the social media and everything that we possibly can to just be great story tellers,” said Chris Conlee, one of the Baptist church’s pastors.
Conlee emphasized he hoped the service would leave church goers with a lasting message.
“Remember just what God did for us he sent his very own son to die for us so that we might have life.”
All of the churches Local 24 visited said they expect to be full as Holy Week services culminate with Easter Sunday.