What is the Real Meaning of Good Friday?

Good Friday is a Christian festival that commemorates Jesus’ crucifixion and death at Calvary. It is commemorated as part of the Paschal Triduum during Holy Week.

Holy Friday, Great Friday, Great and Holy Friday (sometimes Holy and Great Friday), and Black Friday are all names for the same day.

The term “Good Friday” derives from the now-obsolete connotation of the word “good,” which means “pious, holy.”

An example of this outdated meaning of “good” is the use of “the good book” for the Bible, “good tide” for Christmas or Shrovetide, and “Good Wednesday” for the third day of Holy Week.

Common folk etymology misinterprets “Good Friday” as “God Friday” while in fact, it’s “Goodbye” as a contraction of “God Be With You”.

It has been commemorated as a day of grief, penance, and fasting from the early days of Christianity, a quality that is reflected in the German phrase Karfreitag (“Sorrowful Friday”).

The day is dedicated to Jesus’ crucifixion and death. Some people fast on this day, making it a serious occasion.

After that, there are the three days that Jesus spent in the tomb, and then Easter Sunday when he rose from the dead.



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