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迭ejoice, Mary, filled with grace.The Lord is with you!
Luke 1:28

With that greeting, the most important news the world has ever heard was proclaimed by the archangel chosen by Blessed Junipero Serra to be patron of the San Gabriel Mission the Archangel Gabriel, whose very name means 鉄trength of God.

Father Junipero Serra was considered by his contemporaries to be an exceptionally devout missionary with great courage, remarkable intelligence and persistence. On the birthday of Mary, September 8, 1771, under Fr. Serra痴 direction, Fathers Pedro Cambin and Joseph de la Somera founded the San Gabriel Mission.

The Mission痴 name also came to be associated with the native Shoshone people of this land that continue to be known as the 敵abrielenos. Together, the Gabrielenos and Franciscans successfully built the Mission into what Father Serra predicted it would become The Pride of the Missions. However, the secularization of the Mission in 1833, under the provincial rule of the newly independent Mexican nation, destroyed Father Serra痴 vision of indigenous management of the Missions. By 1852, the Franciscans were gone, and the Mission operated minimally as a small diocesan church.

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