San Diegans of Christian faith will celebrate Good Friday with special church services to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus.
Some local businesses will be closed in observance of the religious holiday, and no trading will take place at the nation’s financial markets, as well as many exchanges around the world. All government offices remain open, however.
At St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown San Diego, Good Friday services are scheduled for noon and 3 p.m. in English, and 6 p.m. in Spanish.
In Los Angeles, seat of Catholic archdiocese for Southern California, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez will celebrate the Good Friday liturgy at noon in the landmark Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
During the solemn liturgy, Gomez will carry a cross into the cathedral, recalling how Jesus carried a cross along the Via Dolorosa, the “Way of Suffering,” on his way to being crucified outside Jerusalem.
“During Holy Week, we see Our Lord tortured and killed because of his love for God,” Gomez said.
“Let’s reflect on his final Beatitude: ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted.’ We don’t face our trials alone. We go with Jesus, who carries his cross before us and gives us strength and courage in our weakness.”
City News Service contributed to this article.