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Archbishop Gomez prays for COVID-19 victims at Día de los Muertos vigil

Archbishop Gomez celebrates mass during All Souls Vigil

The lives of people lost to the “long, dark months of the coronavirus pandemic” was on the mind of Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles during an observance on the eve of All Souls’ Day.

The archbishop remembered those who died and prayed “that God may grant them rest and let his light shine upon them” during a virtual bilingual prayer service Nov. 1 in the outdoor courtyard of the mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery and Mortuary in East Los Angeles.

The evening prayer service marked Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, in what has become a tradition in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Held for the seventh consecutive year, the celebration follows the Mexican tradition of reminiscing about departed family and friends with colorful altars, or “ofrendas,” on Nov. 1-2.

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