This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

How the Puritans observed Good Friday

My ancestors, the Puritans, observed Good Friday, which is the day that Jesus Christ was crucified. Their thoughts were with their Lord with every breath they took, they refrained from profane acts, they read the Bible. In other words, it was like every other day in their lives.

If you'd like to observe Good Friday like the Puritans did, you simply need to turn away from ceremony. Their faith was simple. It didn't require Priests, or elaborate ceremonies. That's in the essence of what people called them - Puritans. They wanted to purify the way that people followed the Words of Christ. By the way they didn't call themselves Puritans, they called themselves Christians.

Good Friday is the day that the mortal life of Jesus Christ on earth ended. And it's a reminder that the worst can happen, and there are dark days that seem unbearable. But it's also a time to remember that He rose again, and that's what Easter celebrations are all about.

If you're wondering what you should do on Good Friday, what ceremony to perform, where to go, what to wear, I invite you to observe it as the Puritans did. The only place that Jesus needs to be is in your heart, and He knows where that is. He needs no special ceremony, nor did he ever ask for one. He only asked to be remembered. Come as you are.
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