The Easter weekend is here and offers a time of reflection and repentance to those of Christian faith.

The period is one of the most religious in the calendar and commemorates the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Lent this year began on 26 February and saw Christians fast or abstain from indulgences for the past 40 days.

Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday all fall within the last week of Lent – known as the Holy Week – and here’s what you need to know about the first of those days.

What is Good Friday?

Good Friday sees Christians remember the trial and death of Jesus on the cross.

According to the Bible, Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane after being betrayed by Judas. 

He had spent the previous evening, Maundy Thursday, with his 12 disciples at the Last Supper.

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Following his arrest, Jesus taken to the House of Annas where he was interrogated, flogged and sentenced to death.

He was then made to carry his own cross to the site of his execution where he was then crucified.

How did Good Friday get its name?

With the day being observed as one of sorrow and penance, it’s hard to understand why it would come to be known as Good Friday.

There are many theories behind the etymology, a popular one being the term good adapted from the word god – thus God’s Friday.

However the most accepted derivation of the name come from the obsolete adjective good, which often described something that was regarded as holy or pious by the Church.

This is apparent in the Christian greeting of ‘good tide’ at Christmas or on Shrove Tuesday.

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