All these years, hadn’t bothered to find out why it is called “Good Friday”. Ended up preferring the French, “Vendredi saint”, which seems more precise.
At first glance, Good Friday seems like the ultimate misnomer. If Jesus suffered and died on this day, then why is it called Good Friday?
On one level, the answer is about the meaning of words.
The term “Good” as applied to Good Friday is an Old English expression meaning holy. It’s often called Holy Friday also.
Or, as discussed in the Online Etymological Dictionary:
good (adj.) Look up good at Dictionary.comOld English god (with a long “o”) “excellent, fine; valuable; desirable, favorable, beneficial; full, entire, complete;” of abstractions, actions, etc., “beneficial, effective; righteous, pious;” of persons or souls, “righteous, pious, virtuous;” probably originally “having the right or desirable quality,” from Proto-Germanic *godaz “fitting, suitable” (cognates: Old Norse goðr, Dutch goed, Old High German guot, German gut, Gothic goþs), originally “fit, adequate, belonging together,” from PIE root *ghedh- “to unite, be associated, suitable” (cognates: Old Church Slavonic godu “pleasing time,” Russian godnyi “fit, suitable,” Old English gædrian “to gather, to take up together”).
Holy Friday conveys things more precisely. Of persons or souls…