Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Thursday, December 24, 2020)
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Prelude: ‘June’ – Barcarolle;
December’ – Christmas from “The Seasons”, Op. 37, Tchaikovsky;
Novelette in C, Poulenc;
Pour le Cinq Doigts from “Etudes, Book 1”
Debussy; A Rose Breaks into Bloom, Brahms;
Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, J. S. Bach
Please stand as you are able
Processional and Opening Hymn: O come, All Ye Faithful
The Blessing of the Crèche
Dear friends, as we meet to celebrate the birth of Christ, let us pray that God will bless this crib, that all who worship his Son, born of the Virgin Mary, may come to share his life in glory.
Come let us adore him.
God our Father, on this night your Son Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary for us and for our salvation: bless this crib, which we have prepared to celebrate that holy birth; may all who see it be strengthened in faith and receive the fullness of life he came to bring, who is alive and reigns for ever.
We pray you, Lord, to purify our hearts, that they may be worthy to become your dwelling place. Let us never fail to find room for you, but come and abide in us, that we also may abide in you, for as at this time you were born into the world for us, and live and reign, King of kings and Lord of lords, now and for ever.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
For to us a child is born
to us a Son is given.
His name will be called wonderful counsellor, mighty God,
the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Glory to God in the highest
and peace to his people on earth.
The Collect for Purity
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.
The Gloria in Excelsis
The Collect of the Day
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.