Dear Parishioners of St. Joseph,
Tomorrow, being Good Friday, is a day of particular reliance on the mercy of Jesus, the wellspring of Divine Favor that flowed from his Sacred Heart on the Cross. For this reason, since ancient times the Church has seen petitions for the needs of the whole world as most appropriately offered on Good Friday, the supreme moment of the Church’s prayer to her crucified Lord. This is the origin of the beautiful extended petitions that are the center of the Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion.
This year, we cannot gather as one for these prayers of intercession for the needs of the world in the sacred liturgy, but we do have wonderful opportunity to join in prayer together thanks to the Internet. Archbishop José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will lead our country in prayer tomorrow calling upon the abundant mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, that Heart that was pierced on the Cross for our salvation. Let us join with him and all Catholics of our country to pray together for healing during this time of crisis. Below is the Archbishop’s letter and the link to the website that will host this event along with further information…
“May God bless you. I write to you during this Lenten season which feels more challenging than usual. As we shelter in place, cut off from those we love and fearing for so many, our thoughts turn continually in prayer to Jesus Christ, the great healer. This present sickness itself even testifies to the unity and connection of all humankind, that all God’s creation is sojourning together and in need of grace. We see Jesus, perhaps, in a new light during this Holy Week. We have celebrated him as the triumphant king, as indeed he is, and we delighted to praise him with hosanas and cheer his coming. This year, though, we see his sorrows, and we see ourselves in the crowd that cries out, begging for deliverance.
Still, the angel’s cry sounds through the ages, “Be not afraid!” As we await the glad feast of Easter, we recall that the grave could not contain our Lord, that death has lost its sting. Particularly during Holy Week, we remember the greatness and power of God, and we affirm, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” I therefore invite all of us to join together in prayer using the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus this Good Friday (at 11 AM CDT).
As an aid to this call to prayer, please find at the following link a prayer card of the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as well as a promotional flyer for the occasion:
Please join in this moment of national prayer, that together we may 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.”
Archbishop José H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles
President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop