Novena Day 1 - September 29 – Feast of the Archangels Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael Pray Daily Novena Prayer In the name of the Father, and of the Son, ✠ and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Our dearest Mother Mary, behold us, your children, as we humbly come in prayer before you. In you, the Author of Life assumed the fullness of human nature, redeeming us by sacrificing his life for our salvation, obtaining for us participation in eternal life through the Holy Spirit. With you, we treasure every human life created in God’s image, and we grieve for any action or social structure that undermines that dignity. We come before you today, led by the Holy Spirit and united as one family in your Son, to offer this Novena as a spiritual bouquet, with confidence in the power of your intercession before our Almighty God and Father. May he hear and grant our earnest request that the hearts of voters in our state be moved to reject and defeat Proposition 1, and may we be guided by the Holy Spirit to rebuild and strengthen a culture of life in the hearts and minds of all we encounter. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Reflect Reflection by Bishop Oscar Cantú, Diocese of San Jose Pray the 1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation "In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary" (Lk 1:26-27). "The Annunciation to Mary inaugurates the 'fullness of time' (Gal 4:4), the time of the fulfillment of God's promises and preparations" (CCC, 484). Our Father, 10 Hail Marys (contemplating the mystery), Glory be to the Father.