Good Friday?

Submitted by ub on Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:30

Why is it called Good Friday? Christians commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion. So why call it Good Friday?

What is so good about the son of God being flogged, then ordered to carry the cross on which he would next be crucified on and die. It's difficult to see what is so good about Friday.

Suggestions have been made that good means that it is holy, which make more sense because, in Spanish, it is called Holy Friday others claim the phrase is a corruption of God's Friday.

The Catholic Encyclopedia says origins are not clear. It states that some source it from the German Gute Freitag. It notes that the day was called Long Friday by the Anglo-Saxons and is referred to as such in modern Danish.

It also says that the day is known as "the Holy and Great Friday" in the Greek liturgy, "Holy Friday" in Romance Languages Sorrowful Friday is more like it.

In either case, Good Friday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday and coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.

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