Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
You saw in the innocence of children
the attributes which make us worthy of heaven–
trust, joy, humility, obedience and faithfulness.
Bless all children who are awaiting adoption.
They seek love–may they find it in loving parents.
They seek stability–may they find a home
rooted in faith.
They seek acceptance–may their gifts be
recognized and nurtured.
And may they always know your steadfast love for
them and the true joy of loving you.
PETITION TO ST. JOSEPH
Blessed St. Joseph,
You welcomed the Christ Child into your home,
provided for his daily needs, and helped him
to grow in wisdom, age, and grace.
Hear the prayers of all children
who are awaiting a loving home,
and intercede for them
before your adopted Son and Savior,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
St. Joseph, Guardian and Protector, pray for us.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
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