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Spiritual Adoption


Three Parts of a Spiritual Adoption Program:


 
 
1.  The Prayer Pledge   - A person,  family or group promises to pray for one unknown, unborn baby every day for nine months and usually begins by "naming" the baby. (See some suggested prayers on this page.) 
 
 
 
2.  The Prenatal Posters - When the Spiritual Adoption Program is done in a church or group, it is usually accompanied by monthly visual updates on the development of the babies.  Many churches choose to buy the Little One Sweet Poster Series available through the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  (See story below.)
 

 
3.  The Present Party After nine months it is nice to have a baby shower or other closing for the program to celebrate the "births".  Gifts can be donated to a local crisis pregnancy center.


 

Resources
 
  
 
 
 
 
Close-up of Little One Sweet painting for month 3.  Copywrite Linda Brenegan.  Used with permission.
 
 
  
Photo above: Memorial for the Unborn, Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, La Crosse, WI
 

 
Sample Prayers
 that you can pray daily for your spiritually adopted baby:
 
"Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much.  I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion."
 
-- Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
 
 
 
"Loving God, you created us in your own image.  Protect the beautiful child, ______________, for whom I pray.  May he/she remain in good health and may his/her mother and father have the support they need to nurture the life given to them.  In the name of Jesus, born of Mary, we pray.  Amen."
 
--Father Tom Krieg
 
 
 
Recommended for grades 1 - 4

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to protect each baby in its mother’s womb.  Please give the parents of these children the help they need to keep their babies strong and healthy.  Amen.

 

Recommemded for grades 5 - 8

O my Jesus, by the intercession of  Mary, your Mother, who bore you so lovingly, and of St. Joseph, strong man of faith who protected you both, I pray to You for the life of ______________, the unborn child I have spiritually  adopted who is in danger of abortion.

Please give to the parents of this child the grace and the courage to bring him/her to birth and to the life you have planned for __________________.

Amen.