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Good Friday is part of the sacred Triduum, the three-day observance of Christ’s Passion (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday). This day is “good” because of the salvation Christ won for us on the cross of Calvary.
Good Friday is not observed as a funeral for Christ. It is a day for repentance over sin and restrained praise for the redemption Christ accomplished for us on the cross. The altar remains bare, having been stripped on Maundy Thursday.
The service of Tenebrae (meaning “darkness”) consists of the extinguishing of the church lights. Historically it occurred early in the morning at the Offices of Matins and Lauds on all three days of the Triduum. In recent times, the service has been observed only on the evening of Good Friday.