Catholics/Good Friday

Advertisement


Question
When was the celebration of Good Friday officially placed on the Church calendar?  Did it's celebration become official at the same time the controversy over when to celebrate Easter was established?  This is not a question about the day he died, but when Good Friday became proscribed as a part of Easter's celebration.

Answer
Good Friday (Parasceve), together with Easter (Dominica Resurrectionis), are the oldest feasts in the calendar.  We know that already in the early centuries of the Church, it was already being celebrated with much solemnity.  This fact is documented in the Itinerarium of Etheria, a Spanish woman who traveled to the Holy Land at that time.  We know the interesting details from an Epistle of St. Jerome, which was written already later than the journey itself.

Catholics

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Fr. Michael

Expertise

A traditional Catholic priest, who provides forthright answers to questions FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF TRADITIONAL CATHOLICISM (not the New Order) on topics pertaining to TRADITIONAL Roman Catholicism, including theology, the Bible, Church history, the Latin language, liturgy (especially the Traditional Latin Mass), and music (especially Gregorian chant), and current events in the Catholic Church.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.