Readings for Christmas

Christmas

Collect for Christmas Eve:  Almighty God, as we prepare with joy to celebrate the gift of the Christ-child, embrace the earth with your glory and be for us a living hope in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect for Christmas Day:  Lord Jesus Christ, your birth at Bethlehem draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth: accept our heartfelt praise as we worship you, our Saviour and our eternal God. Amen.

The Epistle is written in the 11th verse of the 2nd chapter of St. Paul’s Letter to Titus:

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave Himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people of His own who are zealous for good deeds. This is the word of the Lord:  All: Thanks be to God

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Luke:    All:  Glory to You, O Lord

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were afraid. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord:   All: Praise to you, O Chris

Prayers for Christmas Day

At Christmas, the song of the angels rings throughout the world. As we rejoice in their song may we always acknowledge that Christ brings peace for us all. Grant Lord, that all our churches and communities will be illuminated by His light and shine forth in the world.  May the devotion of the shepherds, the adoration of the angels, and the love of the Holy Family inspire us in our worship this day and through the coming year:                                     Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Son of God, you entered creation that all might be made new.  Look in mercy on our broken world and speak to all people that they may hear the message of peace. We especially pray for pray for peace for the people of Bethlehem and the Holy City of Jerusalem.                                                                                              Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Lord God as the shepherds of Bethlehem bowed in reverence before the Holy Family we pray that you would bring to all families the joys experienced by Mary and Joseph and bless every home in our parish and the homes of our families throughout the world.                     Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

The wise men, representing power and authority, brought their gifts for the newborn King. May we bring our gifts to the Christ Child at this time. Lord God, the gift of your son brought light into our darkness and healing through his touch.                                                                                                         Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer                                                                                       

Hear our prayers for those who suffer, for all people without a home at this time, families struggling with debt and uncertainty and all who are ill.  We pray particularly for those close to our hearts who we now name.                                                                                                           Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Merciful Father, grant to those who have departed this life eternal rest, and to those who mourn at this time, bring your consolation; we especially pray for those for whom this is the first Christmas separated from a loved one.                                                                                     Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Emmanuel, God with us, you understood what it is to be human.  Hear our prayers and use them, and us, to bring peace, joy, love and hope into the lives of those for whom we have prayed.                                                                                                                                                                             Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO SERVICE IN CHURCH ON SUNDAY 27TH DECEMBER