"We've also struggled to get into live-streamed liturgies these past few weeks, but this was a moment where I felt united in prayer with people across the country," he added.
Seminarian Ryan Mau of San Jose expressed a similar sentiment.
"I was very happy to join other American Catholics in this," he told CNA.
"I haven't been able to attend Mass since I was sent home from the seminary so to join in on a service like this reminds me how much I miss community and we can still be unified by prayer, even though most of us are not physically able to," Mau said.
The seminarian mentioned gratitude for the witness of Gomez.
"I felt a sense of leadership and the guidance that really only a father can give me. I felt like he has been a great example especially in this odd time that we are all currently experiencing."
Of a liturgy that switched between English and Spanish, Mau expressed support. "We need to reach out to all of God's children and need to be able to speak the languages necessary to do it," he said.
Bo Bonner of Des Moines, Iowa watched the litany with his five children. He said he had a bit of difficulty with the livestream, and he wasn't sure what he needed to do to obtain the plenary indulgence attached to the litany. But, he said, "I thought the recitation by the archbishop was good and that is most important, and his words were timely and appreciated."
While he said he appreciated more the optics of the Urbi et Orbi blessing offered by Pope Francis March 27 than those of LA's cathedral, "I am very glad we did it as a nation."
"I appreciate the opportunity to earn an indulgence during such a singular Good Friday," he added.
Claire Breaux of Washington, DC, also watched online. Family members in Louisiana and Salt Lake City alo tuned in, while they met together in a Zoom meeting to pray as a family, along with the archbishop.
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Breaux said praying with her family over Zoom has been edifying in a time of difficulty.
"We've done night prayer together this way a couple times already. We all agree it gives the prayers an added richness- we feel closer to each other and more united and encouraged in growing in holiness while we are apart," she told CNA.
"My whole prayer through this weird time has been for an outpouring of grace for holiness, that we see how much we need God- which of course is easier to miss when life is good- and that [God] has already provided everything we need."
"Certainly on Good Friday I look at the cross and see that it's all been accomplished for us," Breaux added.
In LA, Gomez, too, looked to the cross.
"Let us love one another, joining our sufferings to the heart of Christ, open for us on the cross. Let us sacrifice for one another, take care of one another, forgive one another," the archbishop said at the conclusion of his homily.