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Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Saturday, December 25, 2021)


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The Prelude: Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, J. S. Bach


The Processional Hymn: 83, O come all ye faithful, Bulletin, p. 16


The Proclamation of the Birth of Christ

Dear friends in Christ, on this most holy night, unknown ages from the time when God created the heavens and the earth and then formed man and woman in his own image. Many thousand years after the flood, when God made the rainbow shine forth as a sign of the covenant. Twenty-one centuries from the time of Abraham and Sarah; thirteen centuries after Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt. Eleven hundred years from the time of Ruth and the Judges. One thousand years from the anointing of David as king; in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel. In the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad; the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the City of Rome. The forty-second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus; the whole world being at peace: Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, and nine months having passed since his conception, was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary. Tonight is the nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.


The Introit

Unto us a Child is born, unto us, a Son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his Name shall be called Angel of great counsel.

O sing unto the Lord a new song, for he hath done marvellous things.

The Gloria

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


The Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray.

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 honour and glory, now and forever.

Amen.


The Liturgy of the Word


The First Lesson: Isaiah 62: 6-12

Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it renowned throughout the earth. The LORD has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: I will not again give your grain to be food for your enemies, and foreigners shall not drink the wine for which you have laboured, but those who garner it shall eat it and praise the LORD, and those who gather it shall drink it in my holy courts. Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones, lift up an ensign over the peoples. The LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, "See, your salvation comes; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him." They shall be called, "The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD"; and you shall be called, "Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken."


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The Psalm: Canticle 15, The Song of Mary, Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; * for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.


From this day all generations will call me blessed: *the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.


He has mercy on those who fear him * in every generation.


He has shown the strength of his arm, * he has scattered the proud in their conceit.


He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, * and has lifted up the lowly.


He has filled the hungry with good things, * and the rich he has sent away empty.


He has come to the help of his servant Israel, * for he has remembered his promise of mercy,


The promise he made to our fathers, * to Abraham and his children forever.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


The Second Lesson: Titus 3: 4-7

When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The Sequence Hymn: 100, Joy to the world!, Bulletin, p. 17


The Gospel: Luke 2: 8-20

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Luke

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see-- I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!" When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Christ.


The Sermon: The Rev’d. Hank Tuell

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, Eternally begotten of the Father.

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Prayers of the People

Let us pray to our incarnate Lord, who has brought us out of darkness and into his own marvellous light, saying Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Christ born for us, Son of God given for us: help us to know you, to worship and to serve you.


(Pause for silent prayer)

Lord in your mercy;

Hear our prayer.


Wonderful counsellor, you order all things with your wisdom: help the Church to reveal the mystery of your love and fill her with the Spirit of truth.


(Pause for silent prayer)

Lord in your mercy;

Hear our prayer.


Mighty God, the government is on your shoulders: guide the leaders of the nations and bring in your kingdom of justice and right.

(Pause for silent prayer)

Lord in your mercy;

Hear our prayer.


Everlasting Father, you call us to live together in unity protect by your mercy all your children, bless our families and renew our communities.

(Pause for silent prayer)

Lord in your mercy;

Hear our prayer.


Prince of peace, you bring reconciliation through the cross; by your healing power give to all who suffer your gift of wholeness and peace

(Pause for silent prayer)

Lord in your mercy;

Hear our prayer.


The Concluding Collect


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, full of the Spirit, hear our prayer, receive our praises, fill our lives.


The Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.


Let us offer one another a sign of peace.


The Welcome and the Announcements


The Liturgy at the Altar


The Offertory Voluntary: Lo, How a Rose


The Offertory Hymn: 79, O little town of Bethlehem, Bulletin, p. 18


The Great Thanksgiving - A

Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.


Here a Proper Preface is sung or said on all Sundays, and on other occasions as appointed.


Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


The Sanctus & Benedictus

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest


Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.


He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.


On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."


After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, "Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."


Therefore, we proclaim the mystery of faith:


Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.


All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honour and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and forever.


The Great Amen

Amen.


And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to sing:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Presider breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept.


The Breaking of the Bread

Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.


The Angus Dei

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.


The Invitation

The Gifts of God for the People of God.


The Communion

Note: As mandated by The Bishop, only the Celebrant will administer Communion (Bread Only). The Clergy’s hands have been properly washed and sanitized. Please wait to be directed.


The Communion Voluntary


The Post Communion Prayer

Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.


The Blessing

May Almighty God, who sent his Son to take our nature upon him, bless you in this holy season, scatter the darkness of sin, and brighten your heart with the light of his holiness.

Amen.

May God, who sent his angels to proclaim the glad news of the Savior’s birth, fill you with joy, and make you heralds of the Gospel.

Amen.

May God, who in the Word made flesh joined heaven to earth and earth to heaven, give you his peace and favour.

Amen.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you forever.

Amen.

The Recessional Hymn: 96, Angels we have heard on high, Bulletin, p. 19


The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The Postlude: Prelude in E Minor, J. S. Bach




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