Cardinal Roger Mahony will celebrate the Good Friday liturgy at noon today at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
The account of the Passion and Death of Christ is read from the Gospel of John. As part of the liturgy, Mahony will carry a cross into the cathedral. Special prayers will also be offered for the needs of the church and the world and the cross will be venerated. Holy Communion will then be distributed to the faithful.
Additional liturgies will be celebrated at the cathedral at 3 p.m in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish.
Good Friday, the day when Jesus was crucified, is the only day on the Roman Catholic calendar on which Mass is not normally celebrated.
Catholics at least 14 years old are asked not to eat meat on Good Friday as a way to honor Christ's sacrifice. Those who are between 18 and 60 are asked to fast, meaning they are to eat small meals, but no snacks.