Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

Some say "Good Friday" is from "God's Friday" (Gottes Freitag); others maintain that it is from the German Gute Freitag, and not specially English. Sometimes, too, the day was called "Long Friday" by the Anglo-Saxons.

From the late 13th century, however, good was used in the Middle English sense of "holy," (especially holy days or seasons observed by the church).  The word "good" was also applied to Christmas and Shrove Tuesday.

Therefore, "Good Friday" = "Holy Friday" or the Friday of Holy Week.

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