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Samantha Murray ANTH 1100 Dr Gonzalez Individual Research Project Ritual Observance Project Good Friday For Easter weekend my family and I went to Sanibel Island Florida I have gone there multiple times with my family so I know the island Before my parents got married my mother was a Baptist and my father was a Catholic After getting married my father became a Baptist Christian and that is what I was raised as Up until Easter weekend I had never attended a Catholic church service but I had somewhat of an understanding of all the services that are held during the Holy Week When my family arrived Friday morning I decided that I would go to St Isabel Church s Good Friday Service The Good Friday service started at 3 00 pm and lasted a little over an hour My father told me that it would be okay for me to observe if I sat in the back of the sanctuary I did not participate in the service because I was not aware of the ritual and I did not participate in communion because I was not allowed Upon arriving I took note of the architecture of the building The church was in a circular shape and had a lot of stained glass windows on each side As soon as I walked into the front door there was another wooden doorway with amazing glasswork To the left there was a room for mothers that they could go in if their child was crying but other than that there did not appear to be any other rooms in the church except the sanctuary When I entered there was a statue of Jesus on the cross on the center of the back wall which was the focal point of the church There were three different sections in the church with pews that had kneeling benches in front of them I noticed that no one was talking in the sanctuary while waiting on the priest to come in and the Good Friday Service to start People were acting very respectful There was also a room in the back left part of the church which was the Confessional On the sets of stained glass windows the Stations of the Cross are depicted There are 14



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