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The Annunciation to the Shepherds, Les Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry, Folio 48r / Limbourg, Jean de, ca. 1385-ca. 1416 ; Limbourg, Paul de, ca. 1385-ca. 1416 ; Limbourg, Herman de, ca. 1385-ca. 1416 / 1410 (Click the picture for more information)
Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the prayers is available though Augsburg Fortress [link].
  • Thematic
  • O Holy One,
    heavenly angels spoke to earthly shepherds
    and eternity entered time in the child of Bethlehem.
    Through the telling of the Christmas story,
    let our temporal lives be caught up in the eternal
    in that same child,
    that we might join shepherds and all the heavenly host
    in praising the coming of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

    OR

    God of glory,
    your splendor shines from a manger in Bethlehem,
    where the Light of the world is humbly born
    into the darkness of human night.
    Open our eyes to Christ's presence in the shadows of our world,
    so that we, like him, may become beacons of your justice,
    and defenders of all for whom there is no room. Amen.

    OR

    Light of life, you came in flesh,
    born into human pain and joy,
    and gave us power to be your children.
    Grant us faith, O Christ, to see your presence among us,
    so that all of creation may sing new songs of gladness
    and walk in the way of peace. Amen.

    OR

    We bless you, Abba, Father,
    for you have visited your people
    in one like us in all things but sin,
    and in human fragility you have revealed
    the face of divinity.
    Gather into your arms
    all the peoples of the world,
    so that in your embrace
    we may find blessing, peace,
    and the fullness of our inheritance
    as your daughters and sons. Amen.
  • Intercessory
  • With the angels of heaven we proclaim your glory, O God.
    As the radiance of your presence lights up the heavens,
    we pray for enlightenment
    for your church on behalf of the whole world.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Grant that, through our prayers,
    our lives may radiate the presence of Christ
    to all who dwell on earth,
    for he is our Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
  • Scripture
  • God of all ages,
    in the birth of Christ
    your boundless love for your people
    shattered the power of darkness.
    Be born in us with that same love and light,
    that our song may blend with all the choirs of heaven and earth
    to the glory of your holy name. Amen.