Cardinal DiNardo calls faithful to prayer on Good Friday for a national moment of prayer

April 6, 2020

Join our country in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Good Friday.

HOUSTON – Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and former president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joins Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and current president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in inviting the faithful to join them in a moment of prayer on Good Friday (April 10) to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart.

In Houston, the faithful have a special relationship with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Co-Cathedral of of the Sacred Heart, one of the two cathedral's of the Archidocese, is home to several Masses that serve as a font of grace for the million-plus Catholics in Houston, such as Chrism Mass, when all of the oils used in sacramental ministry throughout the Archdiocese are blessed and the Sacred Chrism is consecrated, as well as Ordination Masses, where grace flows through the permanent diaconate, religious life and priesthood. 

Praying together as a nation, the two archbishops ask 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.

"The Heart of Jesus is the ultimate symbol of God’s mercy – but it is not an imaginary symbol, it is a real symbol, which represents the center, the source from which salvation for all humanity gushed forth."
-Pope Francis​

Good Friday is a day when Christians around the world solemnly commemorate the day when Jesus suffered and died on the cross. 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.

Additionally, with special permission received from the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, a plenary indulgence is available for those who join Archbishop Gomez in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday.

A livestream of the Litany of the Sacred Heart with Archbishop Gomez will be available on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ website: and on the USCCB Facebook page:

  • How to participate?
    Visit this webpage or to join the live-stream and pray as one nation.
  • Extend an Invitation
    Interested in inviting others to join you in prayer? Click here to download the flyer and share on social media using #PrayTogether. Copies of the prayer card are also available for sharing on social media. Click on the following links to download and share: English Prayer Card || Spanish Prayer Card
  • Receive a Plenary Indulgence
    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 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.


Un Momento de Oración Nacional

Únase al Arzobispo José H. Gomez, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos y Arzobispo de Los Ángeles, en un momento de oración nacional en el tiempo del coronavirus. Juntos como nación, oraremos la Letanía del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús y buscaremos la sanación y la protección de nuestro Salvador.

Viernes Santo, 10 de abril del 2020
12pm Este | 11am Centro | 10am Montaña | 9am Pacífico

¿Cómo participar?
Visite o para unirse a la transmisión en vivo y para que oremos como una sola nación.

Extiende una invitación
¿Estás interesado en invitar a otros a unirse a ti en oración? Haz clic aquí para descargar el folleto y compartirlo en las redes sociales utilizando #OremosJuntos. También están disponibles copias de la tarjeta de oración para compartir en las redes sociales. Haga clic en los siguientes enlaces para descargar y compartir: Tarjeta de Oración en Inglés || Tarjeta de Oración en Español