Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Binghamton held a Good Friday liturgy at noon.
The service was very solemn without music and no flowers or crosses adorning the altar, as Christians marked the day when Jesus was crucified.
The Reverend James Jones says today's holiday is as religiously significant as Easter Sunday because without Christ's death on the cross, there can be no resurrection two days later.
Despite the solemnity, the day does represent a mixture of joy and sorrow.
"It's a unique experience on this day when we experience the sadness of death that we all experience. And also the victory over death," said Jones.
Christ Church, located on Henry St. across from the Lost Dog Cafe, holds another Good Friday service this evening at 7.
Easter Sunday services are at 8 and 10 a.m.
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