The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is distributing through our social media channels @lacatholics and online, reflections and resources to help our faithful celebrate Holy Week and Easter Sunday from home. Please visit lacatholics.org/holyweek (lacatholics.org/semanasanta in Spanish) daily this week to access these other resources to share with the members of your ministries.
Along with celebrating Mass online, Catholics can celebrate daily through the following ways and sharing photos and post with the hashtag #LACatholicsEnterIn during Holy Week and #LACatholicsBelieve on Easter:
Monday: Draw a picture or write a note to those preparing to come into the Church
Tuesday: (Holy) #GivingTuesday; Make a donation to your parish
Wednesday: Make an act of perfect contrition
Holy Thursday: Set your family dinner table
Good Friday: Venerate a cross
Holy Saturday: (Holy) #SilentSaturday, Light a candle and spend time in silence
Easter: Renew your baptismal promises
Tonight, as we celebrate the Chrism Mass remotely via Livestream from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles at 7 p.m., www.facebook.org/lacatholics. Let us make the Mass Livestream experience intentional. Light a candle. Gather your family and invite everyone to actively participate. Families can even place a cross near their computer or TV screen.
On Good Friday (April 10) Archbishop Gomez will lead a National Prayer of the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for an end of the coronavirus pandemic, on behalf of the bishops in the United States. The prayer will be live-streamed from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels at 9 a.m. PST.
Please feel free to share widely the daily reflections and calls to action above.
Let us remember Archbishop’s message of hope for this Holy Week, “This Holy Week will be different. Our churches may be closed, but Christ is not quarantined and his Gospel is not in chains. Our Lord’s heart remains open to every man and woman. Even though we cannot worship together, each of us can seek him in the tabernacle of our own hearts. Because he loves us, and because his love can never change, we should not be afraid, even in this time of trial and testing. In these mysteries that we remember this week, let us renew our faith in his love.”