WASHINGTON (April 11, 2003) -- Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, will be the principal celebrant and the homilist for "Easter Sunday Liturgy from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels," to be distributed to NBC-TV stations for broadcast on April 20.
The Mass will originate from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, the visually stunning new principal church of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
The hour-long liturgical special, produced by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC), will be scheduled at the discretion of NBC-TV affiliate stations. A list of stations that have scheduled broadcasts is on the USCCB website, and viewers also can call the local NBC-TV affiliates to ask about their plans to air the program.
"This beautiful cathedral, the newest in the world, is full of light and a great place to celebrate the most joyous liturgy of the year," says Executive Producer Ellen McCloskey of the CCC. "We are especially pleased to bring the beauty of the Easter liturgy from this very special Church to a national audience."
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was officially opened last September, but the journey to its construction really began in 1994, when the Northridge earthquake severely damaged the former Los Angeles cathedral. The 120-year-old St. Vibiana's Cathedral was condemned following the earthquake and the Archdiocese decided to create a new modern structure to replace it.
Designed by Spanish architect Josť Rafael Moneo, the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels has received widespread acclaim for its dynamic, contemporary design that has virtually no right angles. The 151 million pound Cathedral rests on 198 base isolators so that it will float up to 27 inches during any future earthquake up to magnitude 8.
The USCCB is the national organization of the Catholic Bishops in the United States, and supports them in exercising their leadership within the Church and in society. Through its Catholic Communication Campaign, the USCCB produces and distributes a variety of media projects including a weekly radio program, television documentaries that examine spiritual themes, Christmas and Easter specials, and public service campaigns about issues of national importance.