Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. (Luke 23:46)
Yesterday was Good Friday, also known as Holy Friday or Easter Friday. This day is observed in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. According to the Gospels Lord Jesus was betrayed by his disciple Judas and handed over to the High priest of the church.The charge against him was that he was “the son of God”. He was later brought to Pilate and by the demand of the public and higher authorities of the Church. “Crucify him” (Mark 15:6-14) they said. Pilate’s wife had seen Jesus in a dream earlier that day, and she warned Pilate to “have nothing to do with this righteous man” (Matthew 27:19).But in the end he had to release Jesus to the Priests and the masses to be crucified.
Pilate publicly washed his hands with water and declared that Jesus was innocent and he had nothing to do with his condemnation. Jesus was later flogged mercilessly, his clothes were divided amongst the soldiers by drawing lots, he was made to wear and crown of thorns which pierced his forehead and the blood flowed down his face. Jesus Christ went through all their tortures and insults without a word. He believed in his father God and that these all happened to make what the prophets had said come true.
Jesus suffered at the hands of his tormentors for almost 6 hours. He was made to carry his cross and flogged all through to Golgotha. His hands and feet were nailed to the cross and he was crucified between two thieves, one on his right and one on his left. He was given bitter wine to drink mixed with gall. During his last 3 hours on the cross, from noon to 3 p.m, darkness fell over the whole land. With a loud cry, Jesus gave up his spirit. The curtain in the Holy church was torn in half from top to bottom, tombs broke open and earthquakes shook the land. Many religious people were raised from dead and the people there bore witness that Christ was indeed the son of God.
Prayers and masses are held all around the world in all churches. The “way of the cross” is conducted where the people walk around the church depicting the journey of Christ carrying the cross to Golgotha. Many Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross. We fast till 3:30 in the evening and then have a meal of kanji and thoran.
KAPLANGA / OMAKYA CHERUPAYAR THORAN
- Raw papaya/ Kaplanga – 1 medium sized
- Cherupayar/ Green Gram – 100 gm
- Green Chili – 6
- Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
- Coconut grated – 1/2 coconut
- Cumin seeds – a pinch
- Mustard – 1/2 tsp
- Curry leaves – a sprig
- Small onions – 3
- Wash and clean the cherupayar / green gram. Place it in a cooker and cook for 2 whistles.
- Clean, peel and chop the kaplanga/ papaya into small pieces.
- When the green gram is three quarters cooked, add the chopped papaya along with some salt to it. Cover and cook till it is tender.
- During this time crush the green chilies, cumin seeds, grated coconut and turmeric in the grinder. Add this to the cooked papaya- green gram mix. Cover and cook 5 minutes till it is cooked.
- Mix well and remove off the flame.
- In a small kadai, add some oil and do the tempering with mustard, curry leaves and the sliced small onions. Add this to the papaya and green gram mix. Mix well and serve hot with kanji or rice.