Archbishop Jose H. Gomez will celebrate the Good Friday liturgy at noon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Good Friday is the day Christians throughout the world commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. During the solemn liturgy, Gomez will carry a cross into the cathedral, recalling how Jesus carried a cross along the Via Dolorosa, the "Way of Suffering," on his way to being crucified.
Special prayers will be offered for the church and the world, and the cross will be venerated. Holy Communion will then be distributed to the faithful.
The Mass will be streamed live on the cathedral's Facebook page. Additional liturgies will be celebrated at the cathedral at 3 p.m in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish.
"The events of Good Friday tell us how much God loves us. Jesus Christ died so that we can live. He died for you and for me. That is real. That is personal and that is a beautiful gift that God gives to us," he said. "And of course, we know that the story does not end here, at the foot of the cross. We know that in the shadow of the cross we find the light of the resurrection." CNS-04-14-2017 06:09
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