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Brenda Barela wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?


  { Why is Good Friday called Good Friday? }

Eric replied:

Hi Brenda,

Because the human race was saved that day.

By His Death, Jesus:

  • trampled upon death
  • the world was redeemed
  • the new creation was made possible
  • our sins were atoned for, and
  • we were reunited with the Father.


Mary Ann replied:

Brenda —

Because God did something Very Good for us on that day, the very best thing of all:

He saved us.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Hi, Brenda —

In the Eastern Orthodox Church's I believe they call Good Friday, the Great Friday, for the reasons my colleagues have given.

This is pure speculation on my part, but part of the reasoning why the Church chose to call this day Good Friday was to emphasize that all of creation:

  • the earth
  • the sea
  • the stars
  • the sun
  • the moon
  • and most especially, us, were good, despite our continuing fallen nature.

If you re-read the beginning of Genesis, you will note that after God created each thing, He found it was good, so on Good Friday, the good He created was redeemed and sanctified by Our Lord's blood on the Cross.

Hope this helps,


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