During today’s breakfast, we suddenly found ourselves discussing what’s good in “Good Friday” when this is the day that Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross. The same question could be asked of the other days of Holy Week. Why does the Holy Week start with a Palm Sunday? Why is it called Maundy Thursday? Why do we call it Black Saturday? What’s the origin of the Easter Sunday? Why do we simply call the rest of the week Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday?
Here’s what we found out. If you think you have a better answer, do let us know through the comment section below.
The “good” is used in its sense that means “pious” or “holy” (wikipedia, citing the American Heritage Dictionary and Oxford English Dictionary). Good Friday is a very holy day, when Jesus Christ died on the cross.
This is referred as Holy Saturday or Easter Saturday in other jurisdictions. In the Philippines, both religious and secular authorities refer (see President’s Proclamation 150, for instance) to the Saturday after Good Friday as Black Saturday. This day commemorates Jesus lying in the tomb until his resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is a day of great mourning. Black is a symbol of death and mourning.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated by Christians all over the world on Easter Sunday. The language used in other jurisdictions is similar to Passover — Pascha in Greek, Pesach in Hebrew, Pascua in Spanish, Paques in French. Pascha subsequently came to mean Easter. (History.com).
The week leading to Easter Sunday is called the Holy Week. Unless there is a special designation, the days within the Holy Week is preceded by the word “Holy”, i.e., Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday.
Bonus: Palm Sunday
This day, which is a moveable feast that always falls on the Sunday before Easter, commemorates triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The people covered Jesus’ path with their garments, tree branches and palm leaves. Covering the path of someone shows that such person is worthy of the highest honor. The palm branch is a symbol of triumph and victory. (wikipedia).
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