Capital Region residents observe Good Friday | News
Governor Cuomo sent greetings Friday to New Yorkers of the Jewish faith as they celebrate the start of Passover and to Christian New Yorkers as they mark the solemn reflection of Good Friday.
There were many, many services to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ and they came at a time when surveys and public opinion polls say that nearly half of all Americans have abandoned the religions of their youth. But these polls also show some of them returning to that earlier faith.
At the Roman Catholic Mater Christi Church in Albany, there was nearly a packed house as tenth-grade students relived that first Good Friday.
“We can be doing other things, but Jesus gave his life for us,” said Shanza Masih, a student.
Recent poll numbers from Pew Research show 44 percent of Americans have abandoned the religions of their youth. However, nine percent who changed have now gone back.
Mater Christi's Pastor says the Catholic Church is making a strong effort to bring home lapsed members.
"Actually, the second largest religious group in America is the group of Catholics who are no longer practicing the faith. There are 18 or 19 million of them,” said Rev. Kenneth Doyle.
Elsewhere in Albany, the Catholic worker community marked Good Friday with outdoor Stations of the Cross.
In Schenectady, several dozen members of various religious denominations marched through Hamilton Hill. The pastor of Christ Episcopal Church spoke Friday about those Americans who have abandoned the religions of their childhoods.
“No longer knowing the relevance of the church or the Christian faith and this is a reminder for us to remind our community that this is till the greatest symbol of hope that the world will ever know,” said Rev. Brad Jones.