Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez will celebrate a candlelight prayer vigil in solidarity with the Asian and Pacific Islander American communities in the wake of recent acts of racial violence across the U.S. 

The Outdoor Prayer Vigil for Racial Acceptance will take place at Incarnation Church in Glendale on Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. Bishop Alex Aclan of the San Fernando Pastoral Region (where Incarnation is located) will deliver the homily. Auxiliary Bishop Marc Trudeau of the San Pedro Pastoral Region and Incarnation pastor Fr. Rodel Balagtas will also be present. 

“We stand in solidarity with the victims of racial violence across the United States as we uphold our commitment to the core values of Catholicism,” said Bishop Aclan in advance of the vigil. “As we mobilize the faithful to take action against racism, we take Christian love, and not political interests, as our guide.”

During the vigil, faithful will light candles as an expression of love and hope in God, according to a press release from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. 

Attendees at the vigil will have the option to sit in the outdoor worship space wearing masks and following social distancing protocols, or stay in their cars parked in Incarnation’s parking lot. 

The livestream of the vigil can be viewed on Incarnation’s Facebook page or their website, incaglendale.org.