The Prayer Guide
Praying in families
Praying with others
Prayers to pray
Books to read
Amidst the giving
of gifts, the excitement of children and the cooking of traditional dinners, it is easy to
miss "the reason for the season", the birth of God's son, Jesus Christ.
There are several ways of bring Jesus back into our family celebrations of Christmas,
including church services. Here though, are a number of Christmas prayers for use at
various stages of the day - these can be said by the family together, or silently in a
moment aside from the rush.
A Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson
Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate and open the door of
love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every
greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be
merry with clear hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be
thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving
and forgiven, for Jesus' sake. Amen.
|At present opening
Lord Jesus, Wise men
travelled for miles to bring you the first Christmas presents. So may we, too, remember
with thankful hearts the love that comes with each present we open. We also thank
you for the amazing love you have for each of us, and we thank you for the many gifts that
you give us. Amen
|At Christmas lunch
: (other mealtime prayers)
We thank you, Father God, for the love that binds us, for the
food that nourishes us, and for your giving of your Son into our world to save us. Amen.
|For those who work on Christmas
Lord. As I spend
today going about my work, help me to put aside any bitterness that I'm not celebrating at
home with loved ones. I ask you, Loving Father, to give me a special sense of your
presence as I meet people, that I may shed on them the light of the Bethlehem Star, the
Spirit of Christmas. Amen.
|A reflective Christmas prayer :
Father God, When your precious Son became a tiny baby in a stable
in Bethlehem in poverty and simplicity, you changed our world. As we imagine those
surroundings, we join with the shepherds and the wise men in wonder and praise. We thank
you for our material lives, praise you for our spiritual lives, and trust in you for our
eternal life. Amen.
|Some Christmas readings from the Bible:
Luke 2 : 1-20, - St Luke tells the traditional nativity story.
John 1 : 1-18, - the Prologue to St.John's Gospel reveals how Jesus was
destined to be born from the very beginning of time.
1 John 4:7-14 - reminds us of God's love for us in giving His son to be
born as a human baby.
Isaiah 9:2,6,7 - the prophet Isaiah foretells the coming of the
Prince of Peace.