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Good Friday – Why is It Called “Good?”

I’ve never understood why this day is called “Good” Friday. It is one of the most mournful days in Christian history. It is the day that the son of God was flogged, ordered to carry the cross on which he would be crucified and then put to death. It’s difficult to see what is “good” about it.

Some sources suggest that the day is “good” in that it is holy, or that the phrase is a corruption of “God’s Friday”.

The Oxford English Dictionary, the adjective “good” traditionally “designates a day on (or sometimes a season in) which religious observance is held”. The OED states that “good” in this context refers to “a day or season observed as holy by the church”.

However you choose to interpret it, and whatever you do today to observe Good Friday, I invite you to listen and watch this most beautiful version of “O Sacred Head Now Wounded.”

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