9pm Christmas Eve Liturgy

Christmas Eve, 24 December 2020, 9pm, Candle Light (Covid)

[Begin in darkness, glass candles placed around the center of the oratory]

Gathering of the Community

Sign of Cross and Grace at entrance

(Welcome, Greeting & Theme)

Penitental Rite

Priest: Trusting in God’s forgiveness, let us in silence confess our failings and acknowledge our part in the pain of the world.

All: Before God, with the people of God, we confess to turning away from God in the ways we wound our lives, the lives of others, and the life of the world. 

Priest: May God forgive you, Christ renew you, and the Spirit enable you to grow in love. 

All: Amen.

Processional Hymn: O Holy Night

Act of Praise: Silent Night

Opening Prayer

Liturgy of the Word

1st Reading: Isaiah 9:1-6

Psalm Refrain: “Today is born our Saviour, Christ the Lord”

Gospel Acclamation: “Alleluia”

Gospel: Luke 2:1-14

Homily

(silent meditation after homily)

An Affirmation of Christian Faith

We believe in God above us

Maker and Sustainer of all life, of sun and moon, of water and earth, of male and female.

We believe in God beside us

Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, born of a woman, servant of the poor, tortured and nailed to a tree. A man of compassion, he died forsaken; he descended into the earth to the place of death.

On the third day he rose from the tomb; he ascended into heaven to be everywhere present; and his kingdom will come on earth. 

We believe in God within us

the Holy Spirit of Pentecostal fire, life-giving breath of the church, spirit of healing and forgiveness, source of resurrection and eternal life.

Amen.

The Prayers of the People 

In joy and humility let us pray to the creator of the universe, saying “Lord, grant us peace” 

The Peace
Liturgy of the Eucharist

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Offertory Hymn: Joy has dawned

Prayer over the Gifts
Eucharistic Prayer 2
 
The Lord’s Prayer
 
Breaking of the Bread
 

Divine Gift 

Sacrifice became for us the gift of life

We hold it dear, you are always here.

Bread and Wine mysteries we can’t define, We only know it is divine gift to us, You are here with us. You are here in us. You are here as us.

(Stand if you want to receive communion. Sit down if you do not wish to receive)

Communion

(Let’s sit with open hands in silent appreciation of the radiant Love living within and among us. Ring bell.)

Prayer after Communion

Doxology

Priest: Glory to 

All: Whose power working in us….

Dismissal
Notices

Blessing

Priest: Do what God wills.

Follow where Christ calls.

Pray for the gifts of the Spirit.

And may the blessing of God the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer rest on you and remain with you now and always.

All: Amen

Recessional Hymn: Joy to the World

Dismissal 

 

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