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Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother."
All loving and merciful Father,
by your abiding presence and abundant grace you
know our every need.
Bless all women who have adopted a child.
They have so valued your gift of life
that they have welcomed a child into their home,
and opened their hearts and their lives.
Help them to know your loving Providence,
and guide them in their journey of motherhood.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary,
you witnessed first-hand
the joy of her motherhood.
Be attentive to the needs of these women
who long to welcome a child through adoption.
Give encouragement to all adoptive mothers, that,
with the support of their husbands, they might
know the joy that comes from a lifetime of serving
as mother, nurturer, and friend.
Intercede for them before the Father, we ask you.
St. Joseph, spouse of the Mother of God,
pray for us.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
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