A Jubilee Year was declared by Archbishop José H. Gomez to mark the 250th Anniversary of Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, which was founded by the great Franciscan missionary, St. Junipero Serra, in 1771. The mission is the first church in what is now the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. And as Pope Francis has noted, the Jubilee Year recognizes not only the Church’s beginnings in Los Angeles, but also the Christian beginnings in Los Angeles, but also the Christian beginnings of America and the influence of Christian values in the formation of our national identity.
For more information on the Jubilee visit the website: https://forwardinmission.com/
Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
September 8, 2021
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of Your servant, St. Junípero Serra,
and for all the missionaries, native peoples, and immigrants
who established Mission San Gabriel Arcángel,
that Your Kingdom might extend to the ends of the earth.
Help us to walk in their footsteps as missionary disciples.
Guided by their example, may we be always faithful and courageous
in proclaiming the Gospel of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Father, look upon Your family here in Los Angeles with mercy.
Taught by the Word of Truth and fed with the Bread of Life,
may Your Church here always seek to do Your will,
and be the sign of Your love for all peoples, who are sons and daughters of God,
all of us loved and desired by You, and born for greater things.
Renew us and strengthen us, and cleanse our hearts.
By Your grace, may we follow Jesus with joy and holiness of life,
and together with Him build a new world of faith and a city of saints.
Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas,
may we continue always forward in the mission of St. Junípero Serra,
making Jesus Christ known to every heart in every nation.
We ask this, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Most Reverend José H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles