FAMILY EUCHARIST & BLESSING OF THE CRECHE
Collect for Purity, etc. p. 67
THE COLLECTS p. 104, 107
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 being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
O GOD, who makest us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of thy only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall come again to be our Judge; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and ever. Amen.
THE EPISTLE. Titus 2. 11. p. 107
THE grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak; and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Gradual - The Christmas Anthems (Sung) p. 104
BEHOLD a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, / and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isaiah 7. 14.
Unto us a child is born, / unto us a son is given.
Isaiah 9. 6.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, / because that God sent his only-begotten Son into the world that we might live through him.
1 St John 4. 9.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, / who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
Ephesians 1. 3.
GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, / and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, / world without end. Amen.
THE GOSPEL. St Luke 2. 1. p. 107
NOW it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David;) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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,
And on earth peace, good will toward men.
Nicene Creed p. 71
Procession to Crib (children may come to the Altar Rail)
Hymn: 734- Away in a Manger (Cradle Song)
Blessing of Crib
V/ Our help is in the Name of the Lord
R/ Who hath made heaven and earth.
V/ The Lord be with you;
R/ And with thy spirit.
Let us pray: Almighty and everlasting God, who as on this night caused Thine only begotten Son to be born of the blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary for our salvation: vouchsafe, we beseech thee, so to hallow and bless this Crib, wherein are shown the wonders of that Sacred Birth; that all those who, beholding the same, shall ponder and adore the mystery of His Holy Incarnation be filled with thy heavenly benediction unto life eternal. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Offertory Hymn: 76 (Winchester Old)
The Intercession p. 75
Confession, Absolution p. 77
Thanksgiving, Consecration p. 78
The Administration of the Holy Communion
Hymn After Communion: 739 Silent Night (sung kneeling with candles)
Lord’s Prayer p. 85
Gloria in Excelsis p. 86
Blessing p. 86
Last Gospel: St. John 1:1 p. 106
Recessional Hymn: 77 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Medlessohn)