Good Friday, the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified, will be marked by Christians across the world April 19 this year. Though the day is celebrated in different ways, they all involve prayers. While some denominations choose to fast on the day, the others, such as the Roman Catholic Church, choose not to celebrate Mass as it is considered a somber day. The Sunday after Good Friday is celebrated as Easter, which marks Jesus’ resurrection.

Here are some passages from the Bible to commemorate Good Friday, taken from the King James Version.

  • “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” — Peter 3:18
  • “He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.” — Psalm 121:3-8
  • “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” — John 19:30
  • “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” — Isaiah 53:5
  • “And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.” — Mark 10:34

Good Friday Philippines Penitents hang on wooden crosses during the re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in San Fernando, Pampanga in northern Philippines, April 18, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Erik De Castro

  • “For he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.’” — Mark 9:31
  • “Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away.” — John 19:31
  • “And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ And they cast lots to divide his garments.” — Luke 23:34
  • “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my god, why have you forsaken me?’” — Matthew 27:46
  • “For God so loves the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” — John 3:16-17