Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Nativity of Our Lord: Prayers

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us.We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:1, 14, NIV).

Christ is born; give him the glory!Christ has come down from heaven; receive him!
Christ is now on earth; exalt him!
O you earth, sing to the Lord!
O you nations, praise him in joy,
for he has been glorified!
(Byzantine Christmas Prayer, Trad.)

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born this day of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again, and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

(Collect: The Nativity of our Lord, Book of Common Prayer)

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