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How Shall I Spend Good Friday?

“Give Him the whole dayand let it be Good Friday not only because on it He was good to thee, but because it is thy own good day.” 

This quote is from a one-page tract published by Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, a Christian publisher founded in 1698 in Great Britain. We found it in ProQuest’s tremendous database of historical books, available through Falvey’s online collections. The tract asks, how will you spend Good Friday—the most somber 24 hours of the ecumenical year?

Published anonymously published during the nineteenth century, the work leaves no information about the author—so we don’t know for sure whether he or she was clairvoyant. But, it does advise us to “seek Him in your own chambers”—the obvious option given our confined choices for celebrating the Eastertide of 2020.

Thankfully, there are ways for Villanovans to worship communally. Check here for a variety of liturgies from the St. Thomas of Villanova Parish and University communities that will be available via livestream.

Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain). (1800). How shall I spend good friday? London, s.n. Retrieved from

Joanne Quinn is Director of Communication and Marketing at Falvey Memorial Library.






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