Ash Wednesday is still a little less than three weeks away, and Good Friday is exactly nine, but readers are already asking a question that arises every Lent: Why is Good Friday called good? It seems a bit odd to call the day on which the Savior of mankind was crucified a "good" day. So how did this name arise?
You might be surprised to find out that we don't actually know the historical origins of why Good Friday is called good. But there is a theological explanation that serves us just as well. Intrigued? You can find out more about the various historical theories for why Good Friday is called good, and learn the theological explanation for the name, in Why Is Good Friday Good?(Photo of the Cross in the Woods in Indian River, Michigan, the world's largest crucifix, © Scott P. Richert)