BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Christians around the world prepare for Easter with Good Friday services. In Baltimore the faithful marked the day with worship and prayer.
Kai Jackson reports at the Basilica downtown, parishioners gather for Friday services.
Worshipers are both solemn and hopeful on Good Friday before Easter Sunday.
"It's a time for you to put your head down, pray and hope things get better," said Dick Casey, of Parkville.
For Christians, Good Friday is the day Christ was crucified for the sins of the world.
They believe Easter Sunday is the day he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.
Those we spoke say while this is a holy time for Christians, it's also a time for prayer and reflection.
Easter is the holiest day on the Christian calendar, and believers say it is a time that should be taken seriously.
Tammy and Oscar Trinidad are visiting Baltimore from Orlando, Fla. And this is their first time worshiping at the renovated and earthquake repaired Basilica.
Tammy Trinidad says Easter is a sacred day.
"Especially on that day, if you can only give the Lord one day a year to remember him on that day and do everything in honor of him and his love and peace, I think that's important," Tammy Trinidad said.
This Holy Week is also a special time for Catholics who are also celebrating the recent election of Pope Francis.
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