“Good Friday is a day when Christians around the world solemnly commemorate the day when Jesus suffered and died on the cross”, the statement notes. “Catholics traditionally mark the day with fasting, penance, and reflection on Jesus’ loving sacrifice. This opportunity to pray together during the coronavirus pandemic offers a special moment of unity for the faithful during a time when communities throughout the United States and worldwide are physically unable to congregate for Holy Week and Easter because of COVID-19”.
Plenary indulgence granted
The USCCB has also announced that, with the special permission of the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, a plenary indulgence is available “for all those who join Archbishop Gomez in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday”.
A livestream of the Litany of the Sacred Heart with Archbishop Gomez will be available on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ website: www.lacatholics.org . . . and on the USCCB Facebook page: www.facebook.com/usccb.
For more information on how to join Archbishop Gomez for the moment of prayer on Friday, please visit the USCCB website.