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Good Friday - Why do we call it "good"?

For many, this day may seem paradoxical — why do we call it "good" when it marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ?

Good Friday, observed the Friday before Easter Day, commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. It's a day of solemn reflection, fasting, and special acts of discipline. The name itself may seem counterintuitive, but it carries deep theological meaning. It's "good" because through Jesus' sacrifice, we find redemption and salvation.

According to the Episcopal Dictionary, Good Friday is the day when Jesus, though not found guilty by Pontius Pilate, is sentenced to crucifixion. It's a day when Jesus willingly gave up his life to become the salvation of the world. This act of ultimate sacrifice demonstrates God's boundless love for humanity, offering forgiveness and reconciliation to all who believe.

On this day, we remember the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. From his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane to his trial before the authorities, the narrative unfolds with profound significance. We reflect on Jesus' words from the cross, his suffering, and his ultimate triumph over sin and death.

As we observe Good Friday, it's an opportunity for introspection and spiritual renewal. We meditate on the profound love of God demonstrated through Jesus' sacrifice. Through prayer, fasting, and contemplation, we draw closer to the heart of the Gospel message.

Good Friday is not merely a day of mourning but a day of hope and redemption. It's a reminder of God's unfailing love and the transformative power of the cross. As we gather for worship on Good Friday, let us reflect on the magnitude of Jesus' sacrifice and the promise of new life found in his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

May Holy Week be a time of spiritual growth and renewal for us all.

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