That’s German for “Sorrowful Friday.”
The same day named “Guode Friday”
in Old English back in the 1200’s.
I always wondered how it got named “Good.”
What’s good about the Friday when Christ died?
I’m more apt to agree with the Germans”
It’s a sorrowful day!
The Baltimore Catechism from 1885
says it is “Good Friday”
because it’s the day
Jesus showed his great love for mankind.
And about three o’clock
Jesus cried with a loud voice,
“Eli, Eli, lema tabachthani?”
“My God, my God,
why have you forsaken me?”
“Joseph took the body,
wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
and placed it in his own new tomb…
He rolled a big stone in front
of the entrance to the tomb and went away.
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary
were sitting there opposite the tomb.”
Today is the day when Jesus seems gone.
Mary and Mary Magdalene
wept in front of the giant rock
that was between them and the One they loved.
Can you imagine their despair?
The reason I am embracing “Karfreitag!”
is because I think it would be a shame
to jump from Sorrowful Friday
to the joy of Easter morning
without sitting for a day
and contemplating the
sorrow that surrounded
Imagine yourself at the tomb.
Imagine the shock of finding
with the stone rolled away.
Tomorrow is called
This is all that is written about it:
The next day the Pharisees
and chief priests went to Pilate.
“Sir, they said, we remember
that while he was still alive
that deceiver said,
‘After three days I will rise again.’
So give the order
for the tomb
to be made secure
until the third day…”
What would you have thought
if you had seen this scene
on the day after Jesus died?
is a day to pause
gather our thoughts,
process what happened,
and get ready for the
Before you go,
treat yourself to this wonderful rendition
of one of my favorite hymns
by a phenomenal boys’ choir …
joined by the wonderful men’s voices
of the King’s College Choir.
You’ll be glad you did!