Christmas Day

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Glorious Father,
you have revealed your glory,
your grace and your truth
by sending your only Son
to become flesh and dwell among us.
Enlighten darkened hearts
with this true light
that shines on everyone,
that all might hear, believe, and receive
the right to become children of God;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Newly composed by Paul C. Stratman in Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries, #16. ©  2019 Paul C. Stratman

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Christmas Eve

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O Lord,
you have filled this holy night
with the brightness of the true Light,
Jesus Christ.
You have revealed
your peace and goodwill through him
and have given us blessed hope.
Increase our joy
with that news that a child is born to us,
a Son is given to us;
your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Opening phrase based on the historic collect for Christmas Eve, newly composed by Paul C. Stratman in Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries, #15. ©  2019 Paul C. Stratman

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Responsory based on Revelation 21:3

A Responsory is a collection of Scripture passages that are sung or read. A leader reads, the group responds, responds with part of a previous statement, part of the Gloria Patri doxology, and a third repetition, or in some cases a new responsive verse. Responsories were an option in Matins and Vespers. See this article in Wikipedia.

Look! God’s dwelling is with people. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people.  Revelation 21:3

Look! God’s dwelling is with people. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people. 

God himself will be with them,

…and they will be his people. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Look! God’s dwelling is with people. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people.

Source: Based on a responsory in Cambridge Offices and Orisons, ed. Eric Milner-White, 1921. Scripture is taken from The Holy Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version. www.wartburgproject.org.

Responsory Based on Philippians 2:1

A Responsory is a collection of Scripture passages that are sung or read. A leader reads, the group responds, responds with part of a previous statement, part of the Gloria Patri doxology, and a third repetition, or in some cases a new responsive verse. Responsories were an option in Matins and Vespers. See this article in Wikipedia.

If there is any fellowship with the Spirit, be like-minded, having the same love. Philippians 2:1a

If there is any fellowship with the Spirit, be like-minded, having the same love.

If there is any affection and compassion, Philippians 2:1b

…be like-minded, having the same love.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

If there is any fellowship with the Spirit, be like-minded, having the same love.

Let the peace of Christ control your hearts,

to which you were also called, in one body. Colossians 3:15

Source: Based on a responsory in Cambridge Offices and Orisons, ed. Eric Milner-White, 1921. Scripture is taken from The Holy Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version. www.wartburgproject.org.

Responsory Based on Romans 12:2

A Responsory is a collection of Scripture passages that are sung or read. A leader reads, the group responds, responds with part of a previous statement, part of the Gloria Patri doxology, and a third repetition, or in some cases a new responsive verse. Responsories were an option in Matins and Vespers. See this article in Wikipedia.

Do not continue to conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. Romans 12:2

Do not continue to conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

That God would strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner self, Ephesians 3:16

…by the renewal of your mind.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Do not continue to conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  2 Corinthians 5:17

The former things have passed away. Look, our Lord is making everything new! Revelation 21:4-5

Source: Based on a responsory in Cambridge Offices and Orisons, ed. Eric Milner-White, 1921. Scripture is taken from The Holy Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version. www.wartburgproject.org.

Epiphany Prayer

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O Lord Jesus Christ, heavenly King, we thank you that you have brought both Jews and Gentiles to hear your voice, and from their number you have gathered and established your Holy Church, and perfected your praise out of their mouths. Keep us in that wisdom which you revealed to the Wise Men. Grant us your Holy Spirit, that we may always seek you and your kingdom. Enable us to follow your holy Word, as those from the East followed the leading of a star. Give us grace at all times and in all places to confess your holy name. Rule us by your Spirit, so that the joys of your birth may increase in us. Hear our prayers and cries. Accept our offerings, which you yourself have given us: the gold of our faith, the incense of our prayers and the myrrh of our contrite hearts. Deliver us from the destructive ways of error and sin, and by your Holy Spirit lead us in the ways of peace and in the paths of righteousness. Grant us all, when this life is done, a participation in the joys of the Year of Jubilee in heaven, where we shall praise and serve you and the Father who live and reign in unity with the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Wilhelm Loehe, in Liturgy for Christian Congregations of the Lutheran Faith, 1902

 

 

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Litany of the Incarnation

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Holy are you, O God, holy, Creator, Father most holy:
Have mercy on us.

Holy are you, O God, holy, most mighty, holy Incarnate:
Have mercy on us.

Holy are you, O God, holy, immortal, holy Life-giver:
Have mercy on us.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward mankind.

By the angel’s greeting,
grant us your peace.

By Mary’s glad obedience,
grant us your peace.

By the endless joy of Christmas,
grant us your peace.

By the love your mother Mary showed you,
grant us your peace.

By your lowly birth and lodging,
grant us your peace.

By your bed in a manger,
grant us your peace.

By the song of herald angels,
grant us your peace.

By the worship of poor shepherds,
grant us your peace.

By the offering of the Wise Men,
grant us your peace.

By your holy name of Jesus,
grant us your peace.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward mankind.

Hear your children, O Lord God, and grant that the glad light of the Incarnation may shine throughout the world;
Son of Man, hear us.

That the gospel of your love may win the faith and worship of all hearts;
Son of Man, hear us.

That all kinds of people may know and find their unity at Bethlehem;
Son of Man, hear us.

That the questions of all minds and the desires of all souls may find their peace at Bethlehem:
Son of Man, hear us.

That your birth as truly human may hallow the life of all humanity:
Son of Man, hear us.

That we may ever wear in honor the robe of flesh you have worn:
Son of Man, hear us.

That you for whom an inn could find no room may not again be crowded from our lives:
Son of Man, hear us.

That you for whom a stable-place sufficed will also dwell within our hearts:
Son of Man, hear us.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward mankind.

Therefore with angels and archangels, with patriarchs and prophets, with Mary and Joseph, with Wise Men and shepherds, with all people and all creatures, let us bless the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest.

For to us a child is born. To us a son is given. The authority to rule will rest on his shoulders;
Hosanna in the highest.

He will be named: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace;
Hosanna in the highest.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God;
Hosanna in the highest.

The Word became flesh and dwelled among us.
Hosanna in the highest.

We have seen his glory, the glory he has as the only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth;
Hosanna in the highest.

God the Father, our maker,
God the + Son, born among us,
God the Holy Spirit, sanctifying us,
bless, preserve, and keep us, evermore and evermore. Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Cambridge Offices and Orisons, Eric Milner-White, B. T. D. Smith, 1921

Note: The listing of various events in the life of Christ and the prayer for Christ to give us peace by them is a common feature of many litanies. As we meditate on these events and truths we read and hear from God’s Word, his gospel does indeed grant us peace.

The phrase: “That you for whom a stable-place sufficed…” is taken from stanza 2 of the carol, “In the Bleak Midwinter.”

The phrase: “…evermore and evermore” is from the ancient Christmas hymn “Of the Father’s Love Begotten.”

Scripture is taken from The Holy Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version. www.wartburgproject.org.

The original in traditional English can be found here: https://tonusperegrinus.blogspot.com/2017/12/a-litany-of-incarnation.html