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20 Prayers for this Christmas Season

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20 Prayers for this Christmas Season

Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning “Christ’s Mass”) is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of peopl

e around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is prepared for by the season of Advent or Nativity Fast and is prolonged by the Octave of Christmas and further by the season of Christmastide. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated culturally by a large number of non-Christian people and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.


 

1: A Christmas time prayer for Country living.

Lord Jesus Christ, when,

on a winter’s night I look up through the clear air at the stars,

I can be very close to You

and to Your native Bethlehem.

It was at night that You first came to this earth.

It was under the same stars that now gleam in this night sky

that Mary first held You in her arms.

It was by the faint light of these stars

still shining tonight that the shepherds found their way to the stable,

and discovered You,

as the angels had said they would,

lying in a manger.

Dear Christ,

it is especially at Christmas time

that I see and understand how close You are

to those who live on the land.

We have so many reminders of You!

The stars and moon at night and the sun by day,

the same stars under which You were born;

the same moon that shone that night on Bethlehem;

the same sun that brightened Your first days on earth.

The stable, and the farm animals

that shared their quarters and their warmth with You, their creator.

The sheep and the shepherds that came to adore You,

rough men, but good, truthful, honest, and sincere.

O Jesus, Son of the everlasting God,

You are so wonderfully made one of us at Christmas time!

You are our God,

but You are our Brother, too.

You are our King,

but You come as a helpless little baby,

longing for our love.

Help us today and always to see You

in all those with whom we come in contact.

Let us never forget Your own instruction,

that whatever we do for the least of those around us,

we do for You.

Help us always to serve You in the generous,

selfless spirit of this season,

and we shall then be real Christians,

more and more like You, other Christs.

 

Amen.

 


 

2: Prayer Before breakfast for Christmas season.

The Word was made flesh, alleluia, alleluia!

And dwelt among us, alleluia, alleluia!

 

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, before the face of the Lord, for He comes. Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


 

3: Christmas time prayer #1

DEAR INFANT JESUS

IN A SHORT TIME

YOU WILL COME

TO VISIT US

AND YOUR HOLY, DIVINE COMING

IS FULL OF PEACE, JOY AND LOVE

FOR ME AND EVERYONE.

OUR HEARTS ARE FULL OF YOUR LOVE

IN OUR DAILY LIFE.

DEAR JESUS PLEASE HELP

ALL YOUR DEVOTEES

AROUND THE WORLD.

THANKS MY DEAR L O R D.

Ezio and Aurora Ippoliti Via Stella, 184060 ORRIA (SA) ITALY


 

4: Christmas anticipation prayer

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment

in which the Son of God was born

of the most pure Virgin Mary,

at midnight,

in Bethlehem,

in the piercing cold.

In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God,

to hear my prayer and grant my desires,

 

[State your intention(s) here…]

 

through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and of His blessed Mother.

 

Amen.

 

(Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle’s feast day, November 30th, the following prayer is traditionally prayed 15 times a day until Christmas. This is a very meditative prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming.)


 

5: Christmas dawn prayer #1

Father, we are filled with the new light

by the coming of your Word among us.

May the light of faith shine in our words and actions.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit, one God,

for ever and ever.

 

Amen.


 

6: Christmas novena

HAIL, and blessed be the hour and moment

At which the Son of God was born

Of a most pure Virgin

At a stable at midnight in Bethlehem

In the piercing cold

At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee,

To hear my prayers and grant my desires

(mention request[s] here).

 

Through Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother. Amen


7: Christmas time prayer #2

Lord, in this holy season of prayer and song and laughter, we praise you for the great wonders you have sent us: for shining star and angel’s song, for infant’s cry in lowly manger. We praise you for the Word made flesh in a little Child. We behold his glory, and are bathed in its radiance.

Be with us as we sing the ironies of Christmas, the incomprehensible comprehended, the poetry made hard fact, the helpless Babe who cracks the world asunder. We kneel before you shepherds, innkeepers, wisemen. Help us to rise bigger than we are. Amen.


 

8: Christmas time prayer #3

Lord God, we praise you for creating man, and still more for restoring him in Christ. Your Son shared our weakness; may we share his glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


 

9: Christmas time prayer #4

God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to the bright dawn of your Word made flesh. Make us a people of this light. Make us faithful to your Word, that we may bring your life to the waiting world. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


10: Christmas time prayer #5

Moonless darkness stands between.

Past, the Past, no more be seen!

But the Bethlehem star may lead me

To the sight of Him Who freed me

From the self that I have been.

Make me pure, Lord: Thou art Holy;

Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly;

Now beginning, and always,

Now begin, on Christmas day.

 

(By Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1844-1889.)


 

11: Christmas time prayer #6

Lord our God,

the heavens are the work of your hands,

the moon and the stars you made;

the earth and the sea,

and every living creature came into being by your word.

And all of us, too.

May this tree bring cheer to this house

though Jesus Christ your good and holy Son,

who brings life and beauty to us and to our world.

Lighting this tree, we hope in his promise.

 

Amen.


 

12: Christmas time prayer #7

God of love, Father of all,

the darkness that covered the earth

has given way to the bright dawn of your Word made flesh.

Make us a people of this light.

Make us faithful to your Word,

that we may bring our life to the waiting world.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

 

Amen.


 

13: Christmas vilgil prayer

God of endless ages, Father of all goodness, we keep vigil for the dawn of salvation and the birth of your Son. With gratitude we recall his humanity, the life he shared with the sons of men. May the power of his divinity help us answer his call to forgiveness and life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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14: Christmas vilgil prayer 2

God our Father, every year we rejoice as we look forward to this feast of our salvation. May we welcome Christ as our Redeemer, and meet him with confidence when he comes to be our judge, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


 

15: Prayer after breakfast during Christmas season.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will, alleluia! The Lord has reigned, and He is clothed with beauty. Almighty God, the Savior of the world, who hast nourished us with heavenly food, we give Thee thanks for the gift of this bodily refreshment which we have received from Thy bountiful mercy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

16: Prayer after breakfast during Christmas season. 2

The Word was made flesh, alleluia, alleluia!

And dwelt among us, alleluia, alleluia!

 

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad,

before the face of the Lord, for He comes.

Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts,

which we are about to receive from Thy bounty.

Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

17: Christmas dawn prayer #2

Father, we are filled with the new light by the coming of your Word among us. May the light of faith shine in our words and actions. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


 

 

18: Christmas dawn prayer #3

Almighty God and Father of light, a child is born for us and a son is given to us. Your eternal Word leaped down from heaven in the silent watches of the night, and now your Church is filled with wonder at the nearness of her God. Open our hearts to receive his life and increase our vision with the rising of dawn, that our lives may be filled with his glory and his peace, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.


 

 

19: Christmas Midnight Mass Prayer 1

 

Father, you make this holy night radiant with the splendor of Jesus Christ our light. We welcome him as Lord, the true light of the world. Bring us to eternal joy in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


 

 

20: Christmas Midnight Mass Prayer 2

Lord our God, with the birth of your Son, your glory breaks on the world. Through the night hours of the darkened earth, we your people watch for the coming of your promised Son. As we wait, give us a foretaste of the joy that you will grant us when the fullness of his glory has filled the earth, who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever. Amen.


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