Holy Week: Jesus dies so we may live

The four Gospels offer a narrative of the heart-wrenching events of this day: Christ’s scourging, his agonizing walk carrying the cross, crucifixion and death on the cross, and then being laid in the tomb.

April 10, Good Friday, Jesus gives his life for us

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.” Mark 10, 33-34 

Good Friday is the most solemn day of the year in Church tradition, a time for the faithful to reflect on and commemorate Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for their sake. The day Jesus was crucified on the cross is known as Good Friday because His death was a sacrifice so that all who believe in Him could receive the gift of eternal life.

There are a number of sacred celebrations that people can attend via livestream today, April 10.

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will participate in an ecumenical prayer service at 11 a.m. with other Christian leaders. It can be viewed at www.facebook.com/AME7th.

Seminarians from the Diocese of Charleston will participate in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart. It will be livestreamed from the Chapel of the Holy Family at noon. Deacon Will Frei will offer the prayer in English and Deacon Michael Cellars will say the prayer in Spanish. Participants will receive a plenary indulgence. Tune in on the diocesan Facebook page at facebook.com/DioceseChas and youtube.com/DioceseChas. People may also join the service with Archbishop Jose H. Gomez on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ website: www.lacatholics.org and on the USCCB Facebook page: www.facebook.com/usccb. The text of the Litany of the Sacred Heart can be found in English and Spanish on the Los Angeles archdiocesan website.

Also, a Good Friday Liturgy will be held at 3 p.m. via livestream, which will be broadcast on the diocesan Facebook page at facebook.com/DioceseChas and youtube.com/DioceseChas.