We generally spend the day if able in prayer and reflection. We are not specifically told we are not allowed to work although as very active and involved UMs, my husband usually takes the day off so we can go to church. You are supposed to treat it as a day of mourning and in meditation about how Jesus had just spent a few years preaching and teaching and being followed as a miracle man, the son of God who could do all of these great and wonderful things. Then he was put out into the wilderness under extremely harsh conditions; no food, no water, no help. In fact, the opposite. He had the devil on his heels. Finally, he was able to get back to "civilization" where everyone cheered and supported him and cried out in joy and great happiness. Then less than a week later he was betrayed by a friend, sentenced to death, beaten and literally ripped apart to within an inch of life, and then left hanging from a cross with nails and a crown of thorns in front of a crowd who were making fun of him and mocking him, to die.
Our pastor makes it quite clear that to truely experience the spirituality of Easter, it is important to remember what Jesus went through in dying and death to be truely awed on Easter. It is therefore very important to get to church and do some reflecting and meditating on Good Friday.
But as far as working... I think technically it is okay. Even working on the sabbath (technically Saturday but traditionally Sunday to coincide with pagan days) is okay. I don't know the specifics but in the bible it gets pretty specific about how many steps you are allowed to take, etc. to be considered work.
And if you are not allowed to clean on Good Friday... I need to do some serious praying for forgiveness because I am having Easter dinner at my house so you better believe AFTER CHURCH I was quite busy at my house getting things done!!!!
An orthodox christian or catholic may have different opinions on this. They traditionally take the bible much more literally than the majority of the religious and faithful population.
Trauma answered Friday April 10 2009, 5:30 pm: It's a religious thing. My boyfriend's parents are extremely religious, & I think they believe that, but they also don't clean or work on Sundays because it's supposed to be a day of rest. It really depends on how religious you are. [ Trauma's advice column | Ask Trauma A Question ]
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