Losing sacred nature of Good Friday would leave us poorer

Pope Francis holds the Gospel book as he leads a Chrism Mass, which marks the start of the Easter celebrations, in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Thursday. During the Mass the Pontiff blesses a token amount of oil that will be used to administer the sacraments for the year. Picture by Alessandra Tarantino, Associated Press 
Martin O'Brien
GOOD Friday. It is still the most solemn day of the year here. Not everyone may agree with the restricted pub opening today but I hear no clamour for a change in the law pertaining to Good Friday itself and the next assembly would be well advised to respect that when it considers liquor licensing reform. Deep down there is a feeling among a great number of us on all sides that there is something sacred about Good Friday and that losing that would leave us poorer in the most important sense, the non-material. Good Friday, the day when Christians commemorate the crucifixion and executio[...]

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