Hundreds of Catholics across the Valley have started Easter celebrations by holding the traditional vigil of Good Friday.
And as they gather in basilicas and parishes, catholic leaders remind them of Pope Francis’ jubilee message of mercy.
The Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan is one of the places of worship during the vigil for Christ’s death.
The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville says Good Friday is particularly important this time around, after Pope Francis called for mercy during this year of jubilee, stressing the need to forgive others for their sins as Jesus did when he died on Good Friday.
Mass was not celebrated today in the Catholic Church but parishes will be open during the vigil and for prayer until Easter Sunday.