Churches in the Cape Coast municipality in the Central Region were filled to capacity as Christians attended church services to commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary more than 2,000 years ago.
Most of the worshipers wore black and red clothing to signify the solemnity of the day and prayed for the development and growth of the church, President John Agyekum Kufuor, Ministers and Council of State members, as well as war torn countries.
In a sermon at the St Joseph Catholic Church, the Reverend Father Samuel Asantey, said the death of Jesus was significant and prayed that the day should be used for true reconciliation and forgiveness just as Christ forgave those who persecuted and crucified him.
He pointed out that it was not only the boisterous crowd on Calvary, which needed God's forgiveness but everyone and stressed the need for all to take advantage of the death of Jesus to change their attitude and endeavour to grasp the real meanings of, to be "forgiven" and "saved".
Fr Asantey described Good Friday as a "perfect day" for the "healing of spiritual wounds". He urged Christians to use the day to heal their wounds and truly forgive their neighbours from their hearts and transform all their hurts, bitterness and unfaithfulness to God, into prayer.
This he stressed would be the only way they would be acting as true followers of Christ. He urged Christians to be committed to the truth and to profess their faith in Christ by upholding the Gospel and its value.
At the Wesley Methodist Cathedral, the Superintendent Minister in-charge, the Very Reverend Theophilus Anderson noted that the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on that fateful Friday, reconciled two bitterest enemies, Pilate and Herod and expressed the hope that former President Rawlings and President Kufuor, as Catholics would become friends.
He said apart from reconciliation, Christ's death was also designed to save and set mankind free from all kinds of bondage including sin, hatred, acrimony and discrimination.
Rev. Anderson urged Christians to use the occasion to transform their characters and attitudes as true followers of Christ to show the world that his death could really bring relief to the captive and reconciliation to enemies.