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Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?

Dear Mountie

Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?

Yours etc.


Dear Gordon

The Good part of the Good Friday is peculiar to the English Language. Other languages refer to this particular day as the Mourning or Long Friday. Some scholars think that due to a mix-up with the o’s Good Friday originally was the somewhat more pious God Friday, but there is no conclusive proof to back up this point.

Good Friday does have a particular dilemma attached to it as it presupposes a knowledge of the outcome of the particular events that may or may not have occurred on this day. Although retrospective naming of specific events aren’t unusual, giving away the ending is never a great idea, which is why we prefer the somewhat less tell-tailing vendredi de pâques

Yours Truly

Mr Mountie

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