Prayer For The True Meaning Of Christmas
O loving God,
we ask you to look after
our vulnerable sisters and brothers this Christmas
and surround them with love and kindness at this time.
May we do our best to never take
all the good things in our life for granted.
May we share the joy of the coming of Christ,
the Word becoming flesh and the light of the world with others.
in a season when every heart
should be happy and light,
many of us are struggling
with the heaviness of life's burdens.
Many disasters and tragedies
ruin the gift of joy that you give to us
over the Christmas.
Many go hungry, cold and lonely
over this period.
We ask that you give them strength
and courage to carry on
as Jesus did
even through the harsh times.
Let us also remember
the true meaning of Christmas
and how your son was born to us,
died and rose again.
Help us refocus our minds to be
charitable, caring and giving
just like Jesus taught us.
Let us enjoy this holy time of the year,
but help us to keep the real meaning
of Christmas in mind as we pray.
Remind us that Christmas is a holy time
and should not be just materialistic,
but instead should give us hope
to share with our global family.
Let us remember those who are vulnerable
and let us find comfort in helping them
to have a special Christmas.
Let us also remember the real meaning of Christmas.
Let us remember that on Christmas day
Word became flesh and Jesus,
the light of the world, was born.
Let us celebrate the coming of Christ
and fill us with love and hope
so that we may be filled with happiness,
which we can pass on to others
during this special time of the year.
God our Emmanuel,
at Christmas we celebrate and rejoice
the birth of Christ and the gift of salvation
he brings to each and every one of us.
Guide us to show mercy, compassion, and kindness
to all of our neighbours as we remember
to follow the example of Jesus.
Let us also not forget in this time of celebration
that there are people less fortunate than ourselves.
We keep them in our prayers and thoughts this Christmas.
Help us, Lord, to support them in whatever way we can.
Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake. Amen.
O sweet Child of Bethlehem, grant that we may share with all our hearts in this profound mystery of Christmas. Put into the hearts of men and women this peace for which they sometimes seek so desperately and which you alone can give to them. Help them to know one another better, and to live as brothers and sisters, children of the same Father. Reveal to them also your beauty, holiness, and purity. Awaken in their hearts love and gratitude for your infinite goodness. Join them all together in your love. And give us your heavenly peace. Amen.
God, our Creator, we offer this humble prayer on Christmas Day. We come to worship with a song of thanks in our heartsa song of redemption, a song of hope and renewal. We pray for joy in our hearts, hope in our God, love to forgive, and peace upon the earth. We ask for the salvation of all our family members and friends, and we pray your blessings on all people. May there be bread for the hungry, love for the unlovable, healing for the sick, protection for our children, and wisdom for our youth. We pray for the forgiveness of sinners and abundant life in Christ. Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with your love and power. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
God grant you the light of Christmas, which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is purity; the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice; the belief in Christmas, which is truth; the all of Christmas, which is Christ.