On May 1, thousands of Catholics across the United States and Canada tuned in to participate in a livestreamed liturgy as Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrated a reconsecration of both countries to the Blessed Virgin Mary from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.
Archbishop Gomez reminded Catholics that Mary is the first model of courage: “Mary was the first person to consecrate herself to Jesus Christ, the first to offer her whole heart to do his will.” He prayed that she would grant the same strength to everyone suffering from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Following the consecration, the archbishop echoed Pope Francis’ request that Catholics pray the rosary during this month of Mary. “This is a beautiful suggestion to unite us spiritually in this time when we are still in quarantine in our homes,” he said. “Maybe we can all offer this little gift to Mary in the month of May, finding time to come together every day, to pray the rosary in our families and in our homes.”