Friday is the most somber day in the Lutheran Church year. Good Friday
is traditionally observed as the day Jesus Christ was put to death by
crucifixion. Christians believe Jesus Christ died for their sins.
Lutherans observe Good Friday as a means for quiet self-examination.
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Observing Good Friday as a Lutheran is, quite frankly, not very fun.
Start the day with prayer, thanking God for forgiving your sins and
asking God to keep you mindful throughout the day of what your sins
mean to you.
Lutherans are generally not cheerful on Good Friday. Good Friday is a
somber reminder that Jesus Christ died because of our sin. Often
Lutherans will wear black clothes on Good Friday, and more traditional Lutherans will even rub ash on their foreheads, both as symbols of mourning.
Good Friday is a good day to go to Church, especially an evening
service. Usually children do not go to evening services because it is
dark and much more somber than the afternoon Good Friday service.
Lutherans confess their sins at Church every week, and especially on
The close of the day is another good time for prayer. Right before bed
time is a good time for reflection upon what Jesus Christ sacrificed
for the sins of all people and the pain He must have endured. The close
of the day on Good Friday is also a time to begin the quiet
anticipation of the eve of Easter(the Saturday between Good Friday and
Easter Sunday). Easter Sunday is the most celebrated day of the
Good Friday is observed in such a way as to create a strong contrast to Easter, which is celebrated on the Sunday after Good Friday. The Saturday between Good Friday and Easter is spent in quiet contemplation. As the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday progresses, the general mood lifts from mourning to anticipation of the joy which is Easter.
Tips & Warnings
If you have a Lutheran friend, do not be surprised if on Good Friday he or she seems dejected and is in no mood for joking or going out. Don't take this personally. This is simply a symbol of faith for many Lutherans.