O good and dearest Jesus, I kneel before your face. With all my heart I ask you to place in my heart more faith, hope and charity. Give me a true sorrow for my sins and a strong will to do better With great sorrow and grief I look upon your five wounds and think about them. Before my eyes are the words that the prophet David said of you, O good Jesus: "They have pierced my hands and feet. They have numbered all my bones." A candle or vigil light is lit before the crucifix; with the electric lights turned off, the natural light of a candle aids concentration on the action of prayer. If at all possible, the entire family is present and participates. At the beginning or end a hymn could well be included-providing a setting that will be cherished in most family groups.
Please Lord, who sent your only Son Jesus to earth to be cared for by
Mary and St. Joseph, his foster father, Allow little Joe to be adopted soon by
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