US Bishops announce national prayer for Good Friday


Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has invited the faithful to join him in a moment of prayer on Good Friday (April 10) to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “Praying together as a nation, the archbishop asks that we seek healing for all who are unwell, wisdom for those whose work is halting the spread of coronavirus, and strength for all God’s children”, according to a media advisory from the USCCB.

“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”. Join Archbishop José H. Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, online via livestream for a national moment of prayer in the time of the coronavirus. Together as a nation, we will pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and seek our savior’s healing and protection.

By a special grant from the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See for those who pray for the end of the pandemic, a plenary indulgence is available for those who join Archbishop Gomez online in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday. A plenary indulgence removes all of the temporal punishment due to sins and may be applied to oneself or to the souls of the deceased [Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1471].

To receive this indulgence, a member of the faithful would need to:

• Pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday
• Be truly repentant of any sins they have committed and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (at the earliest opportunity)
• Pray for the Holy Father’s intentions.