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Why is Good Friday called 'good'?

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Does it seem ironic that one of the most tragic days in Christian history is called Good Friday? The New Testament describes a day of suffering that ends in Jesus’ crucifixion, events that sound like anything but good.

In this short video from The United Methodist Church, learn the 3rd century history behind the phrase, as well as how remembering this day moves us to the hope of Easter.

We also have a 1-minute version suitable for Instagram.

If you have additional questions, Ask The UMC explains more about Holy Week, including a companion piece on how Good Friday got its name.

Ask The UMC answers other questions about The United Methodist Church and faith-related topics. Check it out.

This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tennessee. Contact is Joe Iovino.

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