Christmas Day Year A

Published on 19 Dec 2016
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Let us pray that the love of Christ will be a light to the world.

Father, we are filled with the new light

By the coming of your Word among us.

May the light of faith shine in our words and actions.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God for ever and ever. Amen

For there is a child born for us, a son given to us … and this is the name they give him: Wonder Counsellor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9: 6

I bring you news of great joy: today a saviour has been born to us, Christ the Lord.
Luke 2: 10–11

You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3: 12

O God, who on this day revealed your only begotten son to the nations by the guidance of a star, grant in your mercy that we, who know you already by faith, may be brought to behold the beauty of your sublime glory.
Epiphany Collect

Christmas is usually a different time for all of us – whether we are mostly alone and quiet, or with others and much occupied. Our routines are changed – no two days are the same. So we should neither be surprised nor disappointed that our prayer seems to lack its usual pattern or rhythm.

Some days I may find I do have the time to ponder the crib at Bethlehem and slowly enter into that scene of mystery and truth. However, on many days my prayer may just be a line from scripture: it's there with me when, for example, I do another stint of washing-up – perhaps with Jesus' mother! On other days, my prayer may be a type of visitation to the sick, or an invitation to the person who is alone at Christmas.

I read the prayer again and try to become as still as I can – if only for a short time.

Day after day, I allow the words of this ancient prayer to speak to my mind and heart.

I let God’s Spirit touch my heart and fill me with a deep joy – a joy I will try to share with others.