LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez will lead a National Prayer of the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Good Friday, April 10, to ask for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Future generations will look back on this as the long Lent of 2020, a time when disease and death suddenly darkened the whole earth,” Gomez said in a statement. “As we enter into Holy Week, these most sacred days of the year, Catholics here in Los Angeles and across the United States and the world are living under quarantine, our societies shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.”

Gomez, on behalf of American bishops, will pontificate from the

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday via livestream at https://lacatholics.org/sacred-heart/ and https://www.facebook.com/usccb.

“This Holy Week will be different, Gomez said. “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 tabernacles of our own hearts.”