During the first century the early church set aside every Friday as a day to pray and fast. The tradition of “Good Friday” was adopted by the Roman Catholic Church in the 6th or 7th century. Scholars can’t agree on the specific starting point.
There are two possible origins for the name “Good Friday“. The first may have come from the Gallican Church in Gaul (todays France and Germany). The name “Gute Freitag” is Germanic in origin and literally means “good” or “holy” Friday. The second possibility is a variation on the name “God’s Friday,” where the word “good” replaced the word “God.”
There are also a lot of traditions that many churches embrace during this Holy Week … too many to write in a blog! But the Christian Faith has a major commonality – it is a reminder of the death of Jesus on the cross. There are a lot of beliefs and traditions that separate us … but Good Friday brings us all together to celebrate the “finished” work of Jesus Christ!
I personally don’t think “Good Friday” is a depressing day … for me it is a life-changing reminder that Jesus died in my place on the cross so I can have a relationship with God – today I celebrate my new life in Christ!!! It has been 18 years and it still feels like yesterday!
Celebrate the amazing love of Jesus today!
What are your Good Friday traditions?