Prayer for Marriage Decision Appeal in California

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On December 6, 2010, in the U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear oral arguments for reversing the decision of Federal District Court Judge Vaugh Walker and restoring Proposition 8, the California constitutional amendment recognizing marriage between a man and a woman.  By judicial fiat, the Federal District Court found that there was no rational basis for recognizing marriage as only between a man and a woman and concluded the reason for the passage of Prop 8 in November 2008 was bigotry on the part of the voters. Since this case conceivably could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, it could become the Roe v. Wade of marriage with national consequences. We invite you to pray that Judge Walker's decision will be overturned by this court. To that end we offer the following petitions for your daily prayer:

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of, pray for us.


Our Lady of Guadalupe spoke to
Saint Juan Diego

"Let not your heart be disturbed.
Do not fear any sickness or anguish.
Am I not here, who is your Mother?
Are you not under my protection?
Am I not your health?
Are you not happily within my fold?
What else do you wish?
Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything."

Let us Pray
Remember, O most gracious Virgin of
that in your apparitions on
Mount Tepeyac you promised to show pity
and compassion to all who, loving and
trusting you, seek your help and protection.
Accordingly, listen now to our supplications
and grant us consolation and relief. We are
full of hope that, relying on your help,
nothing can trouble or affect us. As you
have remained with us through your
admirable image, so now obtain for us the
graces we need.


Heavenly Father, from the beginning You established marriage as the permanent union of one man and one woman for the purpose of establishing that necessary community of lasting love in which children may best be born and nurtured.

At this dark hour, in which the goodness of your Divine Purpose is so badly misunderstood, and in which those who have tried to bear witness to the truth have been accused of being irrational and bigoted, we beg you to hear these prayers we offer You, through the Holy Child, Jesus, and the intercession of the rest of the Holy Family of Nazareth—of His mother Mary, especially under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and St. Joseph, the earthly foster father and protector of the family—and through the intercession of Holy Joachim and Ann, parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus:

Prayer Petitions

     Open the minds and hearts of all who are involved in this appeal—the justices, the attorneys, and litigants—that all may come to understand and accept Your Divine Plan for marriage. Inspire them to appreciate and affirm the delight Let us pray to the Lord.

R: Lord, hear our prayer.

       Guide the appeals court panel of justices that they may deliberate wisely, and may respect the legitimate actions of the voters. By your Holy Spirit, inspire them to understand the rights of children to know and be cared for by their own father and mother. Let us pray to the Lord.

R: Lord, hear our prayer.

      Send Your Holy Spirit, we beg You, upon the attorneys to guide them in their presentations. Help them to reason truthfully and to present compelling arguments to clarify misconceptions and misperceptions. Let us pray to the Lord.

R: Lord, hear our prayer.

      Let the plaintiffs feel Your love and peace; console their pain and suffering and let them understand that support for traditional marriage is based, not on whim or animosity towards any person, but on the preservation of an institution that promotes and enshrines mutual, exclusive, and permanent marital love between a man and a woman as the necessary foundation for the creation and nurturing of new life, and for the future stability of society. Let us pray to the Lord.

R: Lord, hear our prayer.

       Let those in the media who are charged with the task of reporting on the trial be accurate and faithful in their work, not swayed by prejudice or bent on misleading the public or influencing the outcome of the appellate process. And heal all pain and suffering, prejudices, discrimination and persecution that may be experienced by proponents or opponents of "traditional" marriage. Let us pray to the Lord.

R: Lord, hear our prayer.

       Raise up vibrant Christian families, Lord, and bless, and protect all families that seek to do Your holy will. Let us pray to the Lord.

R: Lord, hear our prayer.

Conclude with the prayer at right to the Virgin of Guadalupe

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