Is There a Connection Between the Weather and Good Friday?
It's funny. There's something I've noticed since I was a kid about Good Friday.
I went to an all-boys Catholic high school. I took religion all four years and remember my religion teacher mentioning something off the cuff once leading up to Easter weekend. Isn't it odd that you can't remember the geometry that you learned sophomore year, but all these years later I can still remember this one thing my religion teacher mentioned in passing?
HIs lesson was about Good Friday and the events that led up to the crucifixion of Jesus. I remember him saying that Jesus is believed to have died in the mid-afternoon, right around 3. This is what stuck with me. He said that you'll notice Good Friday will often be gloomy and dark right around the time Jesus is thought to have died.
It's something I think about every Good Friday. Ever since that day in high school, I always think about the weather and how it plays into the most solemn day on the Christian calendar.
The most remarkable part of this is that for nearly all of the years I've been keyed into this, I've noticed that it almost always is gray and gloomy around 3 p.m. on Good Friday. I'd put it at about 90% of the time this holds true.
I write this knowing that today may be a long shot. Most of the day has been pretty gorgeous. But if clouds happen to roll in, remember what I wrote.
Either way, it's something you can start paying attention to on your own each year.
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