Good Friday marked with services across Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The end of the Lenten season comes this weekend. Many Christians spend time in church to reflect on Jesus Christ's death on the cross, and resurrection on Easter.

Easter is one of the most important religious holidays of the year for Christians. On Friday at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, many of them spent time in prayer and reflection.

In the shadows of stained glass windows, a solemn silence fills the church and its faithful. This is the liturgy of the Lord's passion, a departure from a traditional Mass.

"Easter Sunday or vigils like tomorrow evening will be celebrating His resurrection. The focus today is on His passion and death," explained Deacon Jerry Renkiewicz.

He helps celebrate this Good Friday service and he reminds Catholics, and all Christians, of what the day means.

"Christ died on a cross of us. He shed His blood for us. He redeemed us from our sins. Now we have to do our part. Our part in accepting the cross every day in our life," said Deacon Renkiewicz.

Prayer, reflection, and scripture offer spiritual guidance during the days leading to Easter, and a celebration of His resurrection.

"Remember that Christ came willfully on His own and gave His own life for us because He loved us," said Deacon Renkiewicz.

For those who couldn't spend time in church, numerous other Easter services are being held this weekend in the Catholic church and other denominations across the state.{}

For a list of Easter events, check the ABC News 4 community calendar.