Ash Wednesday, February 25 thru Thursday, March 5
(March 5, The Day of Oral Arguments)
The decision on the three lawsuits filed to overturn Proposition 8 will be made solely by seven justices of the California Supreme Court. We invite you to join in a novena of prayer and fasting for right judgment and courage for the justices.
It begins on Ash Wednesday, February 25. The last day will be Thursday, March 5, the day on which the California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the lawsuits challenging Proposition 8.
Despite the fact that opponents of marriage have been scrambling to garner support for their case from a coalition cities, counties, state legislators and a myriad of special interests, the case should be decided solely on the legal facts and arguments, rather than political pressure.
All of the pressure that interest groups can mount, can never change the fact that Proposition 8 is now part of the California constitution because the voters of California exercised their constitutional authority by a majority vote of 52.3 -47.7% in November 2008.
We are fortunate to have an outstanding legal team representing marriage supporters.The oral arguments will be made by one of the top constitution lawyers in the country, Kenneth Starr, a former U.S. Solicitor General, Federal Appeals Court Justice, and Whitewater Independent Counsel.
The only thing left for us to do is to pray. With marriage and the sovereign right of the voters to amend their constitution hanging in the balance, we must mount a massive prayer effort – equivalent to that which took place during the fall campaign.
JOIN THE NATIONAL NOVENA
Please commit yourself to prayer and fasting. We ask that you unite your prayers with those of the entire Mystical Body of Christ, through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Joseph, patron of family. Download prayers and the instructions .
Please ask your family and friends to join you in this prayer effort, too.
Note for non-Catholics, a novena is nine days of prayer. The model was given to us by Christ Himself when he ask his apostles to spend nine days in prayer starting with the day of His Assension in preparation for the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.