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Should you wish people a Happy Good Friday? - possibly not. Too many memories of boiled fish and kneeling for hours on end without so much as a hymn to relieve the tedium. The symbolism of Christianity has always been doom laden - torture and hell more powerful symbols than light, resurrection and Heaven. Or for me anyway, lost child that I still am. Not so much a sinner as an incompetent, the one a result of the other. So I am glad to throw off that belief which tormented me in my youth, even if I do still enjoy the rituals witnessed occasionally and of course I enjoy the buildings, the architecture of the great religious houses and beyond that the sacred music which more than anything has the ability to transport a soul to another happier and more restful place.

So if you can wish someone a Happy Good Friday I wish it to any secular souls who may be around and I pray (am I still allowed that?) for peace in the world and to be free of the current daily catalogue, of bombs and missiles and dead and dying. It is too much. We need to grow up. What unites humanity is more than what divides it. Even North Korea must want things that are better provided through the bounty of peace than the weapons of war. Bomb them with Easter eggs perhaps. Flower power.

Still the world feels more dangerous now than perhaps at any time since the deepest days of the Cold War and in danger of ending not with a whimper but with a bang.

This has turned into a sad old reflection hasn't it? Quite the equivalent of boiled fish and hours of kneeling. So today I shall be positive and plant some nasturtium seeds, maybe buy eight or ten geraniums and take J to IKEA to buy yet another BILLY bookcase. We may not yet live in IKEA, but IKEA lives with us. Very Happy Very Happy

Posted at 14th Apr 2017 - 08:48AM   Posted by Fennie   Good Friday Lark Comments: 7

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Withy Brook's Avatar Of course Good Friday is a sad day as we remember the Crucifixion of Christ. But then Easter Sunday is a day of great joy as we celebrate the Resurrection. Also days of celebration are Ascension, Whitsuntide and Christmas. I do agree that we have two long periods of penitence and preparation for Christmas (Advent) and Holy Week and Easter (Lent). The latter is the period of "boiled fish and prayers" that caused the young Fennie such misery.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 14th Apr 2017 at 09:04AM

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Camilla's Avatar Morning All,

Happy Good Friday to all.

Thank you kindly Fennie for posting family and kiddiewinks gone back home and missing them already, have had a wonderful time with them. I packed two choc eggs for grandchildren to have on Easter Sunday.

I used to know a lady who attended her local church often but would damn anyone who would eat a hot cross bun on Good Friday or even before that day.

Will you be having a hot cross bun or perhaps a simnel cake even.

I bought a Billy bookcase for the office upstairs Fennie takes quite a huge storage of books too just needs putting together.

Posted by: Camilla on 14th Apr 2017 at 10:21AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar I love the idea of bombing with Easter eggs instead Fennie, an idea that would probably stop many conflicts in their tracks.

For me every Friday meant just peas and potatoes for school dinners... I hated fish. Confused

I don't think I know anyone that had Fennies sort of Easter, other than the extra church service on Good Friday being a little more reserved than our usual, often hilarious, Sunday ones (and fish for dinner!) the rest of the weekend was a happy time with visitors and eggs to decorate then roll after church on Sunday usually as part of a picnic with everyone else... not forgetting the chocolate one when you got home.

I often wonder when I hear of someone referring to a strict upbringing as being Presbyterian where all these straight laced Presbyterians were 'cos they certainly didn't seem go to our church. Laughing Although some of the Free Presbyterians made up for it, but not all of them.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 14th Apr 2017 at 10:58AM

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Faith's Avatar Today I was painting the bathroom in my youngest daughter's house - the pregnant one, we are trying to get the house ship-shape before the baby comes. I can remember a Good Friday many years ago when my father was teaching me how to wallpaper and I felt guilty because I didn't think it was something a good Catholic girl should be doing on Good Friday. My father was the reason I am RC but he had no such qualms.

I also remember a Friday - I don't think it was a GF - when I was a child and invited out to a restaurant with a friend and her parents. I ate chicken, not fish, and felt guilty abourt that - how silly...... especially as I much prefer fish to chicken.

Nowadays I don't feel guilty or even think about GF much I am afraid, though I will go to Mass on Easter Sunday.

Posted by: Faith on 14th Apr 2017 at 08:46PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Nowadays I do not fast or give up anything for Lent. For quite a number of years I gave up alcohol. That was really hard. Now I don't drink on Mon, Tue and Wed each week. That is hard enough!. To my mind it is more important to go to Church and even more, how one lives. The latter is quite hard enough!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 15th Apr 2017 at 08:59AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Laughing You make my one large glass of wine on a Saturday night look positively Presbyterian Withy, not sure I could hack it 4 nights a week, I've never been much of a drinker... chocolate however is a different subject entirely. Wink

Church on Sundays, went out the window, when I started working 6 days a week, I'm afraid, plus the fact I had no transport to get there and had no inclination to go the the one near where I lived that was very Presbyterian.
Now we work on Sundays, heathen I know... well probably more mercenary than heathen, Sundays are simply busier and much more profitable than Mondays or Tuesdays.

Having met many in life who would never miss church but lead anything but christian lives I'm happy to do it the other way round. Smile

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 15th Apr 2017 at 10:50AM

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KitKatCot's Avatar I'm afraid I still hold Good Friday as a day of fast (ish)

Breakfast is tea and bread and butter. Lunch is bread and water. Then off to Church for the Good Friday service. Then I take home fish and chips.

You have no idea how quickly the fish and chips disappear!

Posted by: KitKatCot on 15th Apr 2017 at 04:52PM

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