Good Friday observances taking place across Tennessee Valley

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Christians around the world, and here in the Tennessee Valley, observed Good Friday with prayer, fasting and reflection.

Good Friday always occurs on the Friday before Easter and commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.

At St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Madison the day began with a morning prayer service.

Fr. Philip O’Kennedy pastors St. John the Baptist and says these observances in the days leading up to Easter are important.

“The temptation is to be there for good times, Christmas and jingle bells, but the real meaning of the life of Jesus and the message of Jesus unto eternity is in the supper, the crucifixion and the resurrection,” he explains.

Fr. O’Kennedy says this season also highlights the connection all Christians share, regardless of denomination.

“The sacramental churches, like the Episcopal Church, the Lutheran Church, our Protestant and Evangelical brothers and sisters, we’re all one body of Christ,” he says.