Why ‘Good’ Friday? And where does the word Easter come from?

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It may seem odd that Christians call their day of greatest sorrow Good Friday. The confusion arises from how we perceive the word ‘Good’. Here it is used in the archaic sense of ‘holy’ or momentous.

Good Friday, called Feria VI in Parasceve in the Roman Missal, he hagia kai megale paraskeue (the Holy and Great Friday) in the Greek Liturgy, Holy Friday in…

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The vocabulary, grammar & history of English

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Kieran McGovern

Kieran McGovern

I grew up in an Irish family in west London

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