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Why do they call it Good Friday
if Jesus died that day?

Claudia Larsen

    Dear Claudia:

    GOOD FRIDAY Is the Friday before Easter.
    The day that we remember the cruel death of Jesus Christ.

    Jesus showed how much He loved His Father God, and us by willingly giving His life as a sacrificial Lamb. So they called this day of sorrow Good
    since the death of Jesus was Good for us
    because he died so that our sins will be forgiven,
    to save us from death, to free us from Satan's power, and allow us to live with Jesus and God in Heaven forever.

    I found an Easter song for little children it helps to teach them about Good Friday.
    The song is from 100 Action Songs For School Kids
    by David C. Cook Publishing Co.

    "Good Friday Song"
    (Sung to tune "I Will Make Your Fisher's of Men")

    Why do we call Good Friday good,
    (Use fingers to push mouth into smile) Good Friday good, good Friday good?
    When it seems so sad?
    (Use fingers to pull mouth down into frown)
    Isn't dying bad?
    Shouldn't we feel sad?
    Why do we call Good Friday good.

    (Use fingers to push up mouth into smile)
    When it seems so sad?
    (Use fingers to pull mouth down into frown)
    Jesus died. Oh yes, that is true.
    (Hold arms to the sides, shoulder height)
    Yes, that is true, yes, that is true.
    Jesus died. Oh yes, that is true,
    But it isn't bad.
    (Use fingers to push up mouth into smile)
    Even though it's sad
    (Use fingers to pull mouth down into frown)
    Jesus' death's not bad
    Jesus died. Oh yes, that is true.
    (Hold arms to the sides, shoulder height)
    But it isn't bad.
    (Use fingers to push up mouth into smile) By Christ's death we can be set free.
    (Sweep arms upward)
    Can be set free, can be set free.
    By Christ's death we can be set free,
    Free from Satan's power.
    (Fold arms tightly across chest)
    In that sad, dark hour
    Jesus broke sin's power
    (Thrust arms downward)
    By Christ's death we can be set free.
    (Sweep arms upward)
    Free from Satan's power

    Do you see why Good Friday's good,
    (Use fingers to push up mouth into smile)
    Good Friday good, good Friday good?
    Do you see why Good Friday's good?
    When it seems so sad?
    (Use fingers to pull mouth down into frown)
    Things that seem so sad
    Are not always bad.
    When Christ died, He rose from the grave.
    We're no longer sad.
    (Use fingers to pull mouth into smile)

    For more on Good Friday Go To: www.rainbowcastle.org/goodfriday.html

    Why Does The Date of Easter Change?

    (I was reminded of Easter's changing date after watching the full moon arise over the upper window at the end of a Good Friday service on April 6th 2012. The answer below is from www.carnaval.com/easter)

    The reason the Christian celebration of Easter shifting on the calendar is that it is determined in respect to the Vernal Equinox (date when night and day are of equal duration). Because of this linkage to the cycles of the Sun and Moon, Easter has always been a rite of Spring. The word Lent is from the Anglo-Saxon word lengten, which means spring.

    The spring or Vernal equinox is one of the two times in the year when the sun crosses the celestial equator and the length of day and night are approximately equal.
    This explains why the dates wander as the first full moon after the spring equinox may occur as little as two or as many as 37 days from the equinox.

     

    The ecclesiastical rules are:

      • Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox;

      • this particular ecclesiastical full moon is the 14th day of a tabular lunation (new moon); and

      • the vernal equinox is fixed as March 21.
      • If the full moon is on a Sunday, Easter is the Sunday after. This is because it would otherwise coincide with the Jewish Passover. Celebrates Christ's resurrection.

    resulting in that Easter can never occur before March 22
    or later than April 25.

    The date of Easter is primarily used for liturgical purposes. Up to the eighth century there was no uniform method for determining the date of Easter but the method favoured by the Council of Nicaea (present-day Turkey). in (325 AD) gradually became the accepted method.  The current Gregorian ecclesiastical rules that determine the date of Easter trace back to the First Council of Nicaea convened by the Roman Emperor Constantine. At that time the Roman world used the Julian Calendar (put in place by Julius Caesar (46 B.C.) . Prior to the Council of Nicea , Christians in general would celebrate Easter on the 14 Nissan, whichever day that was, which is when Jews celebrate the Passover but it was felt that such an important holiday should be separated from this high holy Jewish day.

    Although the Julian or solar-based calendar of the Roman Empire had been in place since 45 B.C., it did not supplant the lunar calendar that was the chart and compass of 2,000 years of Jewish history. (A lunar year is 12 lunar cycles of 29.53 days each or 354.36 days while a Julian year is 365.25 days with a leap day every four years.) The Julian calendar functions by having three years of 365 days and one year of 366 days every four years.

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