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Friday, April 13 2001

A Good Friday tangent

In keeping with it being Good Friday, we'll leave off our current topic, the music of our lives, for today.

How remarkable of the early Christians to call the day their Savior died, the "good Friday," to highlight the design of God in using His death to overcome death for us all.

This being a Friday that also falls on a 13th, one might wonder if there's a connection...was the actual crucifixion Friday also a 13th, thus causing the date to acquire its own myth? (You could most likely look it up...in Google!)

This is one of the exceptional holy weeks that falls on the same dates for the Eastern (Orthodox) and Western (Catholic and Protestant) churches. Usually, Orthodox Pascha falls a week or more after Western Easter. The Orthodox dating is more similar (though not with any stated intent to do so) to the Jewish dating of Passover. Orthodox Pascha is always after Passover; sometimes, Western Easter falls before Passover.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy


A small boy is sent to bed by his father.

Five minutes later...



"I'm thirsty. Can you bring me a drink of water?"

"No. You had your chance. Lights out."

Five minutes later:



"I'm THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water??"

"I told you, NO! If you ask again, I'll have to spank you!!"

Five minutes later...



"When you come in to spank me, can you bring me a drink of water?

Sent by Trudy Myers

Holy Week readings (from the Gospel account of the last week of Jesus' earthly ministry)

And Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, saying, "Are you the King of the Jews?" And Jesus said unto him, "You say." And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.

Then said Pilate to him, "Do you hear how many things they witness against you?" And he answered him not a word, causing the governor to marvel.

At that feast the governor's practice was to release to the people a prisoner, of the people's choosing. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. So when they were gathered together, Pilate said to people, "Whom will you have me release to you, Barabbas, or Jesus, called Christ?" For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him a message, saying, "Have nothing to do with that just man, for I have suffered much this day in a dream because of him." But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask for release of Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said to them, "Whether of the two will you have me release unto you?" And they said, "Barabbas." Pilate saith to them, "What shall I do then with Jesus who is called Christ?" They all replied, "Let him be crucified." And the governor said, "Why? What evil has he done?" But they cried out even more, "Crucify him!"

When Pilate saw that he could not prevail, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it." Then answered all the people, and said, "His blood be on us, and on our children." Then Pilate released Barabbas, and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had plaited a crown of thorns, they put it on his head, and put a reed in his right hand, and they bowed their knees before him, and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit on him, and took the reed, and hit him on the head. And after they had mocked him, they took the robe off him, and put his own clothing on him, and led him away to crucify him.

And as they came out, they found a man from Cyrene, Simon by name. They made him bear his cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha, which means a place of a skull, they gave him vinegar mingled with gall to drink, and when he had tasted it, he wouldn't drink.

And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots to fulfill what had been prophesied, "They parted my garments among them, and on my clothing they cast lots." And sitting down, they watched him there, and they set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Two thieves were crucified with him, one on the right, and another on the left. And those who passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying, "You who destroyed the temple, and built it in three days, save youself. If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise, also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, "He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he is the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him; for he said, 'I am the Son of God.'"

The thieves, also, who were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, "This man is calling for Elias." And one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink. The rest said, "Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him."

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, gave up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two, from the top to the bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks split, and the graves opened, and many bodies of the saints who slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared to many. Now when the centurion, and those who were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, feared greatly, saying, "Truly, this was the Son of God."

Gospel of St. Matthew, chapter 27, 11-54
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