Good Friday Jokes
Will and Guy have come the conclusion that Good Friday is one of the few topics about which there are hardly any funny and clean jokes.
However, once you think about it, it's compulsive to research the reason behind the name Good Friday.
One day just before Easter Eddie pulled into the supermarket car park. His wife Brenda had picked up a few things and was waiting for him.
"I can't believe it," Brenda said. "It looks like our bank is in trouble."
"What?" Eddie asked.
"It's closing at the end of the week," Brenda replied.
That can't be right," Eddie said. "It's a national bank!"
"Well it's true," Brenda came back. "I have seen the sign in the window."
"What sign?" Eddie asked.
"Drive passed the bank and you'll see," Brenda replied. Eddie headed in the direction of the bank.
"Right there," Brenda said as they drove by the bank. "See the sign? It says, 'We Will Be Closed for Good Friday!' "
Another Good Friday Joke
Roger left for the service at 10:45 on Good Friday morning. However, instead of going to church, he stayed out the entire weekend partying with the boys and spent his entire pay packet.
Finally, Roger appeared at home on Sunday night, and obviously he was confronted by his angry wife, Martha who castigated Roger for nearly two hours with a tirade befitting his actions. Finally, Martha stopped the nagging and said to Roger, 'How would you like it if you didn't see me for two or three days?'
Roger replied grimly, 'That would be fine with me.'
Monday went by and he didn't see his Martha. Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results.
By the Thursday, the swelling had gone down just enough so that Roger he could see Martha a little out of the corner of his left eye
Good Fry Day Chicken
Which day of the year do chickens hate the most?
One Good Friday a priest and a taxi driver both died and went to heaven. St. Peter was at the Pearly gates waiting for them.
'Come with me,' said St. Peter to the taxi driver.
The taxi driver did as he was told and followed St Peter to a mansion. It had everything you could imagine from a bowling alley to an Olympic size pool.
'Oh my word, thank you,' said the taxi driver.
Next, St. Peter led the priest to a rough old shack with a bunk bed and a little old television set.
'Wait, I think you are a little mixed up,' said the priest. 'Shouldn't I be the one who gets the mansion? After all I was a priest, went to church every day, and preached God's word.'
'Yes, that's true.' St Peter rejoined, ' But during your sermons people slept. When the taxi driver drove, everyone prayed.'
In truth, Mourning Friday would be a better description for the day when Christ was crucified. However, there are two possible derivations of 'Good Friday'. One is that 'Good' is a transformation of 'God's Friday'. Holders of this theory point out 'Good be with ye' has become 'Good bye'.
The other theory is that the choice of the word 'Good' is deliberate, it's just that our perspective had changed. If in the first century after Christ's birth Friday was traditionally a feast day, then this particular Friday was the most significant of the whole year. Another idea, proposed by the most devout is this is Good Friday in that it's the ultimate test of the Christian faith; namely that Christ died, and was resurrected on the third day.
It maybe useful to look for clues in the name that other languages give for this day, for example, the Eastern Orthodox Church call this day Great and Holy Friday.
French: Vendredi Saint (Friday Saint).
Italian: Vendredi Santo (Friday Saint again)
Conclusion: Perhaps Good Friday was originally God's Friday.
Apart from being the day when Christ was crucified, Good Friday is two days before Easter Sunday (Christ arose on the third day).
Here are specific dates for other years:
Maundy Thursday in Germany
Known as Ostern in German speaking countries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland, it is important to Catholics and Protestants alike.
Easter customs can be traced back to pre-Christian, pagan rites that were related to the beginning of Spring and fertility, symbolized by daffodils, rabbits and eggs.
The art of decorating hollowed out eggs, Easter eggs or Ausgeblasene Eier, is an Austrian and German tradition.
Nowadays, the Satzvey Castle, which is a beautiful, moated castle in Germany, has an Easter market that displays elaborately decorated eggs along with spring inspired arts and crafts.
The town centres in Southern Germany decorate their fountains for two weeks starting on Good Friday and Northern Germany celebrates by burning big piles of logs, sometimes with a witch puppet to signify the end of Winter. Beer, hot punch and grilled sausages are served.
In Franconian Switzerland to Northern Bavaria, the city fountains are decorated with real, blown eggs.
Maundy Thursday in England
The key to understanding the unusual word 'Maundy' is remembering Christ's commandment at the Passover. This was the day when Jesus Christ commanded the 12 disciples to break bread and drink wine in his memory. When the gospels were written in Latin, commanded was written as mandate (mandatory) and this later became transposed to 'Maundy'.
Until the Middle Ages the reigning monarch of England washed the feet of the poor on Maundy Thursday. While this custom died out after the reign of Charles II, the tradition of giving money to the poor lived on. Our present Queen still bestows Maundy money to the needy on the Thursday before Easter Sunday. These silver Maundy coins are specially minted, and four coins are placed in each bag. One bag for each year of the monarch's age is then distributed to selected English men and women.
The basis for selection is two fold, recipients are pensioners who have given service to their community. In 2009 Kathleen Grimwood aged 107, was among 83 women who received Maundy money from the Queen. As usual, an equal number of men also received a pouch containing Maundy coins.
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