Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Happy Christmas, friends.

Beloved in Christ, be it this Christmastide our care and delight to hear again the message of the angels, and in heart and mind to go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which is come to pass, and the Babe lying in a manger.



Therefore let us read and mark in Holy Scripture the tale of the loving purposes of God from the first days of our disobedience unto the glorious Redemption brought us by this Holy Child.



But first, let us pray for the needs of the whole world; for peace on earth and goodwill among all his people; for unity and brotherhood within the Church he came to build, and especially in the online community scattered around the world.



And because this of all things would rejoice his heart, let us remember, in his name, the poor and helpless, the cold, the hungry, and the oppressed; the sick and them that mourn, the lonely and the unloved, the aged and the little children; all those who know not the Lord Jesus, or who love him not, or who by sin have grieved his heart of love.



Lastly, let us remember before God all those who rejoice with us, but upon another shore, and in a greater light, that multitude which no man can number, whose hope was in the Word made flesh, and with whom in the Lord Jesus we are for ever one.



These prayers and praises let us humbly offer up to the Throne of Heaven, in the words which Christ himself hath taught us:



Our Father,
which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil;
for thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
May the Almighty God bless us with his grace; Christ give us the joys of everlasting life, and unto the fellowship of the citizens above may the King of Angels bring us all. Amen.













[Text above of the Bidding Prayer from the service of Nine Lessons and Carols of Kings College Cambridge.]

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amen and Happy Christmas to everyone who reads this.
Daisy anon

Pen Wilcock said...

:0) xx

gretchen said...

blessed and holy Christmas to you and your family!

Pilgrim said...

Merry Christmas to you, from Ohio, USA. God bless you and yours, every one.

Pen Wilcock said...

:0) xx