Traditional Opening Prayers For Christmas Worship

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Many of the following texts date to the earliest recorded years of the history of the church. Each of the prayers express the basic themes of Christmas worship. Adapt the prayers below to local style and custom.

The Nativity of our Lord: Christmas Eve or Day (Dec. 2425)

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives...


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