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Christmas Eve Prayer

On this page are three prayers appropriate for saying at family gatherings or for opening a Christmas Eve church service. The first prayer is a contemporary reflection on the coming of Christ into the world, the second is a simple request that we might ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus, and the final prayer is a short grace for blessing the Christmas Eve dinner meal with:-

Christmas Eve Prayer

Father God,
In a small animal shelter, two young newlyweds came to take refuge. In candlelight, laying upon straw, the promised one stirred within a nervous young mother. How we wonder that your Son, a piece of you sent from heaven could reside in such humble beginnings. And yet we engage with this picture, with the expectancy, with the hardship and with the wonder. This is the eve that held such promise, the eve that would be remembered forever, the eve that changed everything. We remember this moment now and continue to wonder at your amazing plans, at your unfailing love, and at your amazing grace.


(a contemporary prayer for Christmas Eve from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

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Episcopal Prayer

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation,
that your Son Jesus Christ,
at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself;
who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

(a Fourth Sunday of Advent prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA)

Christmas is the day that holds all time together.

Alexander Smith, Scottish Poet, 1829-1867

Christmas Eve Dinner Prayer

As we enjoy this festive meal
May we remember to see your truth clearly
May we feel your love completely
May we give your grace freely
And may we taste the promise of heaven,
As we celebrate the birth of our Saviour.

(a contemporary grace prayer for Christmas Eve meals from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Follow this link for several advent prayers for children and family services.