Christmas Day (C)

Year C
Group: I
Colour: White

The Nativity of Our Lord

25th December

Evening Prayer (Christmas Eve)(Text shown)
Christmas Eve Evening see notes: Principal Service 25 December

Collect 11 (Text shown)
Post Communion Prayer 12 (Text shown)

Principal Service (Text shown)
Any of the following sets of readings may be used on the evening of Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. Set III should be used at some service during the celebration.
Set I is appropriate for use at night.
Isaiah 9. 2-7 / Psalm 96 / Titus 2. 11-14 / Luke 2. 1-14, [15-20]
Set II is used during the day.
Isaiah 62. 6-12 / Psalm 97 / Titus 3. 4-7 / Luke 2. [1-7,] 8-20
Set III is mandatory.
Isaiah 52. 7-10 / Psalm 98 / Hebrews 1. 1-4, [5-12] / John 1. 1-14

Second Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 8
Isaiah 65. 17-25
Philippians 2. 5-11 or Luke 2. 1-20 if it has not be used at the Principal Service of the day

Third Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 110
Isaiah 62. 1-5
Matthew 1. 18-25

1984 (Text not shown)
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Collect 11

1984 Prayer Book
Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: grant that we, rejoicing in the coming of thy living and eternal Word, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end.

1984 Prayer Book: Additional Collect
Heavenly Father, who makest us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of thy only Son, Jesus Christ: grant that as we joyfully receive him for our redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him, when he shall come to be our judge; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Contemporary

At Night
Eternal God,
who made this most holy night
to shine with the brightness of your one true light:
bring us, who have known the revelation of that light on earth,
to see the radiance of your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

In the Day
Almighty God,
you have given us your only-begotten Son
to take our nature upon him
and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin:
grant that we, who have been born again
and made your children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit:
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer 12

At Night
God our Father,
in this night you have made known to us again
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
confirm our faith and fix our eyes on him
until the day dawns
and Christ the Morning Star rises in our hearts.
To him be glory both now and for ever.

In the Day
God our Father,
whose Word has come among us
in the Holy Child of Bethlehem:
may the light of faith illumine our hearts
and shine in our words and deeds;
through him who is Christ the Lord.

Set I
Isaiah 9. 2-7 / Psalm 96 / Titus 2. 11-14 / Luke 2. 1-14, [15-20]

Isaiah 9. 2-7

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

Psalm 96

Biblical text

O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous works among all the peoples. For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Honour and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts. Worship the LORD in holy splendour; tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, ‘The LORD is king! The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity.’ Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD; for he is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.

Psalm 96

Pointed Psalm

Sing to the Lord a / new / song :
sing to the / Lord / all the / earth.
Sing to the Lord and / bless his / name :
tell out his sal/vation from / day to / day.
Declare his glory a/mong the / nations :
and his / wonders a/mong all / peoples.
For great is the Lord and greatly / to be / praised :
he is more to be / feared than / all / gods.
For all the gods of the nations / are but / idols :
it is the / Lord who / made the / heavens.
Honour and majesty / are be/fore him :
power and / splendour are / in his / sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, you families / of the / peoples :
ascribe to the / Lord / honour and / strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the honour / due to his / name :
bring offerings and / come in/to his / courts.
O worship the Lord in the / beauty of / holiness :
let the / whole earth / tremble be/fore him.
Tell it out among the nations that the / Lord is / king :
he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;
he will / judge the / peoples with / equity.
Let the heavens rejoice and let the / earth be / glad :
let the sea / thunder and / all • that is / in it;
Let the fields be joyful and / all • that is / in them :
let all the trees of the wood shout for / joy be/fore the / Lord.
For he comes, he comes to / judge the / earth :
with righteousness he will judge the world
and the / peoples / with his / truth.

Titus 2. 11-14

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

Luke 2. 1-14, [15-20]

1-14
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’

[15-20]
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Set II
Isaiah 62. 6-12 / Psalm 97 / Titus 3. 4-7 / Luke 2. [1-7,] 8-20

Isaiah 62. 6-12

Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it renowned throughout the earth.
The LORD has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: I will not again give your grain to be food for your enemies, and foreigners shall not drink the wine for which you have laboured; but those who garner it shall eat it and praise the LORD, and those who gather it shall drink it in my holy courts. Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones, lift up an ensign over the peoples. The LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, ‘See, your salvation comes; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.’ They shall be called, ‘The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD’; and you shall be called, ‘Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.’

Psalm 97

Biblical text

The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. Fire goes before him, and consumes his adversaries on every side. His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory. All worshippers of images are put to shame, those who make their boast in worthless idols; all gods bow down before him. Zion hears and is glad, and the towns of Judah rejoice, because of your judgements, O God. For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. The LORD loves those who hate evil; he guards the lives of his faithful; he rescues them from the hand of the wicked. Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!

Psalm 97

Pointed Psalm

The Lord is king: let the / earth re/joice :
let the multitude / of the / isles be / glad.
Clouds and darkness are / round a/bout him :
righteousness and justice are the foun/dation / of his / throne.
Fire / goes be/fore him :
and burns up his / enemies on / every / side.
His lightnings / lit up the / world :
the / earth / saw it and / trembled.
The mountains melted like wax
at the / presence • of the / Lord :
at the presence of the / Lord of the / whole / earth.
The heavens de/clared his / righteousness :
and all the / peoples have / seen his / glory.
Confounded be all who worship carved images
and delight in / mere / idols :
bow down be/fore him / all you / gods.
Zion heard and was glad,
and the daughters of / Judah re/joiced :
be/cause of your / judgements, O / Lord.
For you, Lord, are most high over / all the / earth :
you are exalted / far a/bove all / gods.
The Lord loves those / who hate / evil :
he preserves the lives of his faithful
and delivers them / from the / hand of the / wicked.
Light has sprung / up • for the / righteous :
and / joy • for the / true of / heart.
Rejoice in the / Lord, you / righteous :
and give / thanks • to his / holy / name.

Titus 3. 4-7

But when the goodness and loving-kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Luke 2. [1-7,] 8-20

[1-7]
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

8-20
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Set III
Isaiah 52. 7-10 / Psalm 98 / Hebrews 1. 1-4, [5-12] / John 1. 1-14

Isaiah 52. 7-10

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the LORD to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Psalm 98

Biblical text

O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvellous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gained him victory. The LORD has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD.
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it. Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the LORD, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

Psalm 98

Pointed Psalm

Sing to the Lord a / new / song :
for he / has done / marvellous / things.
His own right hand and his / holy / arm :
have / won for / him the / victory.
The Lord has made known / his sal/vation :
his deliverance has he openly shown
/ in the / sight of the / nations.
He has remembered his mercy and faithfulness
towards the / house of / Israel :
and all the ends of the earth
have seen the sal/vation / of our / God.
Sound praises to the Lord, / all the / earth :
break into / singing / and make / music.
Make music to the Lord / with the / lyre :
with the lyre / and the / voice of / melody.
With trumpets and the / sound of the / horn :
sound praises be/fore the / Lord, the / King.
Let the sea thunder and / all that / fills it :
the world and / all that / dwell up/on it.
Let the rivers / clap their / hands :
and let the hills ring out together before the Lord,
for he / comes to / judge the / earth.
In righteousness shall he / judge the / world :
and the / peo/ples with / equity.

Hebrews 1. 1-4, [5-12]

1-4
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

[5-12]
For to which of the angels did God ever say, ‘You are my Son; today I have begotten you’? Or again, I will be his Father, and he will be my Son’? And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, ‘Let all God’s angels worship him.’ Of the angels he says, ‘He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.’ But of the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever, and the righteous sceptre is the sceptre of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.’ And, ‘In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing; like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never end.’

John 1. 1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

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