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Good Friday makes me really sad

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I am just home from Mass, tired and sad. It ran long, which meant that I didn't get to nurse my daughter down and nap with her in bed -- the sitter put her down in her crib because she really needed to nap. I am tired and feel spiritually exhausted and sad.

Remind me that Easter will make it all feel better, right?
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Without Good Friday there wouldn't be an Easter. The resurection is coming!

Good Friday service is always emotional for me as well. Add on filling breasts and not snuggling the baby to sleep and I'd feel sad too! Things are looking up, mama!
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Whole concept of it makes me sad too. I can't really manage to wrap my brain around it.
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It's sad, but there's also the joy of Easter- and that God loved us enough to take our punishment.
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It's sad, but there's also the joy of Easter- and that God loved us enough to take our punishment.
I agree.

Good Friday shows how deeply loved we are (even though it is sad).
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Whole concept of it makes me sad too. I can't really manage to wrap my brain around it.
Go through an entire Orthodox Christan Great Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha (Easter) - with services in a language you can understand - and then it'll click. The hymnography is incrediblely rich.

There *is* no Pascha/Easter without Christ's Passion. Yes, I was sad and crying a bit at the services today and last night, but tonight at Matins for Holy Saturday, we had the first announcement of the Resurrection. It's a "bright sadness." But tomorrow night? Holy cow, when that first singing of the main Pascha hymn, "Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life," joy just explodes forth.

I love Great Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha.

From Great & Holy Friday:


Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung on the tree.
The King of the Angels is decked with a crown of thorns.
He who wraps the heavens in clouds is wrapped in the purple of mockery.
He who freed Adam in the Jordan is slapped on the face.
The Bridegroom of the Church is affixed to the cross with nails.
The Son of the virgin is pierced with a spear.
We worship Thy Passion, O Christ.
We worship Thy Passion, O Christ.
We worship Thy Passion, O Christ.
Show us also Thy glorious Resurrection.

All creation was changed by fear
When it saw Thee hanging upon the cross, O Christ.
The sun was darkened
And the foundations of the earth were shaken.
All things suffered with the creator of all.
O Lord, who didst willingly endure this for us, glory to Thee.

When Thou didst ascend the cross, O Lord,
Fear and trembling fell upon creation.
Yet Thou didst forbid the earth to swallow up those who crucified Thee,
And Thou didst command hell to send up its captives
For the regeneration of mortals.
O Judge of the living and the dead,
Thou hast come to grant life, not death.
O Lover of mankind, glory to Thee!

From Great & Holy Saturday (known as the Great Sabbath, as Christ rested in the tomb in the body on this day):

The great Moses mystically foreshadowed this day, when he said:
God blessed the seventh day.
This is the blessed Sabbath;
this is the day of rest,
on which the Only-Begotten Son of God rested from all His works.
By suffering death to fulfill the plan of salvation,
He kept the Sabbath in the flesh;
by returning again to what He was,
He has granted us eternal life through His resurrection,
for He alone is good, and the Lover of man.

Come, let us see our Life lying in the tomb,
to give life to those who lie dead in the tombs.
Come, look today on the Son of Judah sleeping;
with Jacob the patriarch let us cry to Him:
"Thou has stooped down; Thou has couched as a lion;
who dates rouse Thee up, O King?"
But arise in Thine own power,
O Lord, who didst willingly give Thyself for us.
O Lord, glory to Thee!

Today hell cries out groaning:
My power has been trampled upon.
The Shepherd is crucified and Adam is raised.
I have been deprived of those whom I ruled.
Those whom I swallowed in my strength I have given up.
He who was crucified has emptied the tombs.
The power of death has been vanquished.
Glory to Thy cross and resurrection, O Lord.
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