Friday, March 21, 2008

"Happy" Good Friday?
Isn't that inappropriate?

I've always wondered why Good Friday was called Good to begin with. I seem to recall from my Catholic school education from The Dark Ages, that even though the death of Christ is the most sorrowful event that ever has or ever will occur, the one great thing that did about because of it, was that finally the Gates of Heaven were opened for humanity after The Great Fall.

Has anyone else been taught something different? I'd be interested to know.

But anyhow, a number of times today, I've heard a rather cheery "Happy Good Friday!" both in person and from various individuals on TV. Personally, I've made the decision that from now on, I'll be giving the salutation "have a prayerful Good Friday". I think that's more appropriate, don't you?

3 Comments:

Blogger Unitas said...

Me too, Cavey.

But also I think I'd just be happy to know they at least acknowledged Good Friday, even if not in a solemn manner.

Of course, this is from a guy who was shocked and never quite got used to seeing all of the Catholic paraphernalia in such a public place at St. Joseph's Hospital...

I even thought this was rather uplifting when I read it:

http://www.kfc.com/about/pressreleases/022107.asp

7:45 AM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Yes, I do, and will adopt that from now on.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Mac McLernon said...

Two reasons: Good from an old English word, goode, meaning "Holy".

Also pretty jolly good from our point of view because without the cross there is no way for us to get to heaven... "O happy fault" (felix culpa) is a phrase used to describe the Original Sin of Adam for the same reason... and I wouldn't describe that as particularly happy myself!

BTW, Happy Easter!

6:40 PM  

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