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Why is Good Friday called "good"?

Hollywood, MD- Today marks the most solemn day of the Holy Week. Good Friday is the day Christians spend mourning the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Many wonder why Good Friday is “good” when it marks such a dark event. Jesus’ death and resurrection is a decisive turning point for Christians. The Bible said the day is when Jesus suffered and died to forgive our sins. It’s followed by Easter, the day the Messiah was raised from the dead and claimed victory over sin and death.

It remains unclear how Good Friday got its name. Some suggest it dates back to the Methodist reverend Laurence Hull Stookey. He claimed it stems from the term “God’s Friday” and the fact Good Friday worship and services are intended to focus on redemption.

Another theory is connected to Catholicism. Traditionally, every Friday is supposed to be sacred because Jesus died on a Friday. Many observant Catholics will refrain from eating meat on Fridays year-round, not only during Lent. In remembering the sacrifices Jesus made for his followers' sins on this day, some will call it "good."

In the Greek Church, the holiday is known as "the Holy and Great Friday," while it's referred to as "Sorrowful Friday" in Germany.

Regardless of the origin, the name Good Friday is appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins. Good Friday is “good” because it had to happen for us to receive the joy of Easter.

Good Friday marks the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and so good.

Contact Joy Shrum at j.shrum@thebaynet.com

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