October 1, 2022 Novena Day 3 - October 1st – Feast of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus 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 Kevin Vann, Diocese of Orange Spanish Audio Translation ( No Spanish Video Available ) California Catholic Conference · Bishop Vann - Novena - Por Interprete Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation in the Temple "And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, 'Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord') and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, 'a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons"' (Lk 2:21-24). "Jesus' circumcision, on the eighth day after his birth, is the sign of his incorporation into Abraham's descendants, into the people of the covenant. It is the sign of his submission to the Law" (CCC, 527). Our Father, 10 Hail Marys (contemplating the mystery), Glory be to the Father.