It is Good Friday

From Bible Gateway:

“Although crucifixion could take a variety of forms, it was common to have the victim carry the crossbeam to the place of crucifixion where the upright was already in place. Occasionally the victim was tied to the crossbeam with leather thongs, but most often nails were used, as in the case of Jesus. The nails were five to seven inches long and were driven through the feet and wrists, not the hands. Crosses in the shape of an X or a T were used, but since the title was attached over Jesus’ head we know the style used for Jesus’ cross was the shape we usually imagine, a t, which was also a common form. The person was laid on the ground and nailed to the crosspiece, which was then hoisted into place. Often the person was only a short distance off the ground, though the fact that a stick was needed in order to offer Jesus a drink suggests his head was higher than arm’s length above the people on the ground. The nail wounds would cause a great deal of bleeding, but death often took place through suffocation. A little seat rest was attached to allow the person to maintain a position in which it was possible to breathe, thus prolonging the agony.” James Burke-Dunsmore of the Wintershall Player performs “The Passion of Jesus”  for crowds in London’s Trafalgar Square on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. Good Friday is observed by Christians as the anniversary of the crucifixion. The Wintershall Players production of “The Passion of Jesus” included a cast of 80 actors, horses, a donkey and authentic costumes of Roman soldiers in the 12th Legion of the Roman Army.  Photo: Oli Scarff / Getty Images re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to mark Good Friday in Mumbai, India in 2014. Photo: Rajanish Kakade / AP devotees kneel before a makeshift altar of Christ as a form of penance during holy week on April 17, 2014,  in Pampanga, Philippines. The bloody practice is a form of reenactment of Christ’s suffering before being nailed to the cross. Although the act of self-mortification is condemned by the Catholic church and frowned upon in the modern age, thousands of Filipino faithful still practice it to this day as a form of popular piety and has become a part of Philippine tradition in Asia’s largest predominantly Roman Catholic nation. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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