Millions of Christians worldwide are today witnessing one of the most sinful moments of their faith.
In Jerusalem, on Good Friday, Jesus of Nazareth's suffering, crucifixion, and death are commemorated more than 2,000 years ago.
At first glance, Good Friday appears to be the ultimate misnomer. Why is it referred to as "Good" Friday?
The answer is on one level about the meaning of words.
The term "Good" as applied to Good Friday is a term used in English as a holy day. It is also often referred to as Holy Friday.
In another logic, Good Friday is always correlated to Easter Sunday, which is a joyful celebration of Jesus' resurrection. If he had not died before, he would not have been resurrected.
Carrying the Cross
By carrying a large wooden cross and a crown of thorns symbolic of Christ's suffering, the faithful often act out the events of Good Friday.
In Jerusalem, they follow the Via Dolorosa, or Way of the Cross.
Jesus said to his followers that "Whoever wants to be my disciple must hide themselves and take up their cross and follow me." (Matthew 16:24, New International Version)
The events of Good Friday described in the Bible include the trial of Jesus and the shouts of the crowd to "Crucify him!" even when given the choice to free Jesus or Barabbas, followed by Jesus carrying the cross and being hung on it to die.
As participants travel to Kelly Ingram Park, a "Stations of the Cross" pilgrimage will take place at noon.
The "Way of the Cross" will be acted out in Homewood today, starting at 4:30 pm at Homewood Park, following Oxmoor Road, and ending at Edgewood Presbyterian Church.
At 2:30 p.m., a live "Way of the Cross" will be held at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 751 Academy Drive in Bessemer.