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#158488 - 04/13/06 12:27 AM A seasonal enquiry
Bingley Offline
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I had always heard that Good Friday was etymologically God's Friday. However, other sources I've seen suggest that it was directly named Good Friday, with good here meaning holy. Any comments, elucidation?
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#158489 - 04/13/06 01:31 AM Re: A seasonal enquiry
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Sorry to disappoint, but nobody's quite sure, and those who are quite sure are not quite right.

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#158490 - 04/13/06 04:48 AM Re: A seasonal enquiry
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If nobody's quite sure how can you be sure that those who are quite sure aren't quite right?

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#158491 - 04/13/06 06:31 AM Re: A seasonal enquiry
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They're not quite right, because no one's quite sure, silly. Not to mention which, the good padre left unsaid the "in the head" part on account of his good taste and decorum.


Edited by inselpeter (04/13/06 06:32 AM)

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#158492 - 04/13/06 06:48 AM Re: A seasonal enquiry
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If you're quite sure you're a nobody, and everyone who's anyone is unsure.

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#158493 - 04/13/06 06:55 AM Re: A seasonal enquiry
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Quote:

I had always heard that Good Friday was etymologically God's Friday. However, other sources I've seen suggest that it was directly named Good Friday, with good here meaning holy. Any comments, elucidation?




I often rely on Portuguese, the only other language I'm really fluent in, for matters such as these. The "good" in Portuguese for this day is santo/a, which yes, means holy. So I doubt "good" comes from "god."

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#158494 - 04/13/06 08:01 AM Re: A seasonal enquiry
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> Portuguese for this day is santo/a, which yes, means holy. So I doubt "good" comes from "god."

Nothing apart from speculative comment, but surely a parallel for holy might be godly?

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#158495 - 04/13/06 10:49 AM Re: A seasonal enquiry
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Today is Maundy Thursday ultimately from "mandatum novum" - a new commandment - in John 13:34 "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." at the "first" Last Supper.

One special service held today is Tenebrae, Latin for shadows or darkness.

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#158496 - 04/13/06 10:52 AM Re: A seasonal enquiry
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We will most certainly observe Maundy Thursday today, with all of the appropriate attendant rites, but not Tenebrae, as it may be done on any day in Holy Week and, for us, was done yesterday at sunset.

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#158497 - 04/13/06 10:59 PM Re: A seasonal enquiry
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Thank you for that explanation of "Maundy" Thursday! One of the things I've often wondered about but never bothered to look up.

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