A Christmas Grace

O most high, gracious God, we give thanks this day for the birth of your Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

       Born in a poor stable, He brought us the riches of Heaven;  

       Born in loneliness and rejection, He brought us into His own Holy Family.

       Born in the darkness of a winter night, He brought us the Light that conquers all despair;

Pour out your blessing, O Lord, upon these fruits from your creation, given to nourish our bodies, as we remember those who are hungry, or in any need or trouble;

Pour out your blessing, O Lord, upon our friends and families, gathered, and distant, as we remember the stranger, and all those who are alone, or frightened, or grieving;

Pour out your blessing, O Lord, upon our hearts, and souls, and minds, that we may become bearers of Your Light into this world of darkness, this world You love eternally.

All this we ask in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, world without end, unto ages of ages. Amen.

 SC+, 2009

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