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John the Baptist Announcing the Messiah / mid 12th century (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
  • May our gracious God,
    whose light shines in the darkness of our lives,
    the One who formed creation,
    now hear the prayers we offer this day for all people.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Splendor of eternal glory,
    grant that we may be faithful witnesses
    to the light that dawns this morning [day],
    proclaiming Christ's word of peace and salvation
    in acts of justice and mercy. Amen.
  • Scripture
  • God,
    you spoke and your Word became flesh,
    breathing a new song of joy and praise
    into the world.
    Grant that we may bear the good news of your salvation,
    proclaiming your promise of peace
    to the ends of the earth. Amen.