Friday, September 19, 2014

Adoption at Mass

My heart always skips a happy beat when I hear the word "adoption" at Mass. Especially lately as I'm having trouble being patient. I'm SO excited and happy for friends getting matched with little ones, and for those finally getting pregnant after going through infertility...Praise God! 

But it seems like our wait is dragging on f.o.r.e.v.e.r.  Trying to remember that God does have a plan for us in the midst of the waiting and unknowns, considering that October marks five years since we've been trying to start a family.

Lately, we've been hearing "adoption" as Mass more often. 


Here are two beautiful prayers I've heard recently:

"O Lord, who gained for yourself a people by adoption
through the one sacrifice offered once for all,
bestow graciously on us, we pray,
the gifts of unity and peace in your Church.
Through Christ our Lord."
- Pray over the Offerings, Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time

"O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption,
look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters,
that those who believe in Christ may receive true freedom
and an everlasting inheritance.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever."
- Collect, Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time

Love the Collect! Through adoption we become God's beloved sons and daughters, rather than slaves to sin. Alleluia! And, we pray for continued freedom and the hope of heaven. Amen!!!!!!!

It turns out that Fr. Z, a popular Catholic blogger, offers a beautiful reflection on the history and meaning behind this prayer. It was an 8th century prayer used during the Easter Season. Love how our liturgical prayers have such rich history.

As we wait to complete our home-study and hopefully adopt, it helps to remember that adoption is more than just a human construct...it is an integral part of God's plan for salvation.

12 comments:

  1. I'm the same way! I've noticed those prayers more and more once adoption became a part of our lives too. My heart leaps every time :)

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  2. I LOVE hearing "adoption" at Mass. Also, I LOVE that you guys are getting closer and closer to adoption! Hoping and praying that this time of waiting flies by for you guys and your forever baby is home with you soon!

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  3. I've heard adoption at mass as well and it does resignate with me too. It makes me think especially when I'm having doubts about our own journey. I have a hard time being patient because all we've done on our journey to parenthood is wait. Ugh!

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  4. Great prayers!! I hear ya on the looooong wait. May God give you strength in the lowest moments!

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  5. Thanks for sharing! Praying that there is an end to the waiting in sight.

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  6. Praying for you so much!
    I love that you are trying to get to Mass during the week too, we should try to encourage/hold eachother accountable for it.

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  7. "It helps to remember that adoption is more than just a human construct...it is an integral part of God's plan for salvation." --beautifully said. Praying for you during this season of waiting.

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  8. My husband and I have noticed adoption being said at Mass a lot recently too! Not sure if it's because it's being said more or because we are just more sensitive to the word now because of our circumstances. Each time we hear it my husband glances at me with a smile or squeezes my hand and it makes my heart happy. We have definitely felt like it's confirmation that we are on the right track with our adoption journey. Praying for you in this season of waiting!

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    1. Glad you are enjoying "adoption" at Mass too. God bless you both.

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  9. love you guys! hope you have a beautiful anniversary next month and that all goes smoothly with your homestudy and no more difficulties!

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    1. Thank you so much Jen. Can't believe it's been six years. We are going to spend a few days in Michigan's UP, so I'm excited for that.

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