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Midnight Mass and Christmas Morning

 

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Midnight Mass

Christmas Morning

BCP Communion 

A Worship Service for Midnight Mass

To accompany the video service on Christmas Eve 

We Gather to Worship God

 

The service begins in darkness

Welcome all wonders in one sight! Eternity shut in a span.

Summer in winter, day in night, Heaven in earth, and God in man.
Great little one whose all-embracing birth brings earth to heaven, stoops heaven to earth.

Hymn

1. Joy to the world! The Lord is come;

let earth receive her King;

let ev'ry heart prepare him room,

and heav'n and nature sing,

and heav'n and nature sing,

and heav'n and heav'n and nature sing.

 

2. Joy to the earth! The Saviour reigns;

let us our songs employ;

while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

 

3. He rules the world with truth and grace,

and makes the nations prove

the glories of his righteousness,

and wonders of his love,

and wonders of his love,

and wonders, and wonders of his love.

Prayers of Penitence

Christ the light of the world has come to dispel the darkness of our hearts.

In his light let us examine ourselves and confess our sins.

God our Father, you sent your Son full of grace and truth:

forgive our failure to receive him.

Lord, have mercy

Lord, have mercy.

Jesus our Saviour, you were born in poverty and laid in a manger:

forgive our greed and rejection of your ways.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Spirit of Love, your servant Mary responded joyfully to your call:

forgive the hardness of our hearts.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

May the God of all healing and forgiveness draw you to himself, that you may behold the glory of 

his Son, the Word made flesh, and be cleansed from all your sins through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Gloria 

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us; you are seated at the 

right hand of the Father

receive our prayer. 

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen

Collect

 

Let us pray in the peace of this Christmas celebration that our joy in the birth of Christ will 

last for ever. 

Eternal God who made this most holy night to shine with the brightness of your one true light:

bring us, who have known in the revelation of that light on earth, to see the radiance of your

heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

Reading - from The Book of Isaiah

 

At the end the reader may say

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading - from the Gospel of John

 

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

At the end the reader may say

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon

 

We Affirm Our Faith

 

We believe in God the Father,

from whom every family 

in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,

born in our hearts this Christmas and

who lives in our hearts through faith,

and fills us with his love.

 

We believe in God the Holy Spirit, 

who strengthens us 

with power from on high.

We believe in one God;

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Prayers

This response may be used

 

Holy God, hear our prayer.

The Peace

 

This Holy night the angels sang, 'Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and on earth peace to all in whom he delights.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

 

The Preparation of the Table

 

Word made flesh, life of the world, in your incarnation you embraced our poverty:

by your Spirit may we share in your riches.

Amen.

 

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here

his spirit is with us

Lift up your hearts

We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

The prayer continues and we join in saying

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

The prayer continues and we join in saying

Great is the mystery of faith.

Christ has died: Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.

The prayer continues and we join in saying

Blessing and honour and glory and power

be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.

Amen.

 

The Breaking Of The Bread

 

We break the bread of life and that life is the light of the world.

God here among us, light in the midst of us, bring us to light and life.

 

The Giving Of Communion

Prayer After Communion

God our Father,

in this night you have made known to us again

the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ:

confirm our faith and fix our eyes on him until the day dawns

and Christ the Morning Star rises in our hearts.

To him be glory both now and forever.

Amen.

Blessing

 

May the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds,

the perseverance of the wise men, the obedience of Joseph and Mary,

and the peace of the Christ-child be yours this Christmas;

and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit

be upon you this night, this Christmas and always. Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord and have a very happy Christmas.

Dismissal

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ born this day. Amen.

To offer your monetary gift to God by supporting the work of the Tring Team Parish, please go to tringteamparish.org.uk/giving

Copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2000

THE ORDER OF SERVICE FOR CHRISTMAS MORNING  Common Worship

To accompany the online service on Sunday morning

Introduction

I bring you good news of great joy

A Saviour has been born to you.

Unto us a child is born,

unto us a son is given. Alleluia!

The last candle on the Advent wreath is lit

Jesus Christ is the light of the world

a light no darkness can quench

The baby Jesus is placed in the crib

Gracious God,

though we have been slow to make our way to Bethlehem:

Lord Jesus, be born in us today.

Though we didn't notice others who were struggling on their journey:

Lord Jesus, be born in us today.

 

When we have forgotten the lonely and thought only of our own feasts:

Lord Jesus, be born in us today.

 

As we pray in our homes, our churches, our communities:

Lord Jesus, be born in us today.

 

As we kneel before your crib,

with angels and shepherds,

with Mary and Joseph,

with sheep and oxen:

Lord Jesus, be born in us today. Amen.

 

Confession

Hear the words of the angel to Joseph: 'You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.'

Therefore let us seek the forgiveness of God.

Silence is kept

O God our loving Father,

we are sorry for all the things we have done to make you sad;

we have sometimes been selfish, bad tempered or disobedient.

We are sorry for all the things we have failed to do;

for the work we did not finish,

the thank you we forgot to say,

the friends we did not help,

the quarrel we did not resolve.

For these and all our failings, forgive us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the God of all healing and forgiveness draw you to himself,

that you may behold the glory of his Son, the Word made flesh,

and be cleansed from all your sins through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gloria (we stand)

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us; you are seated at the 

right hand of the Father

receive our prayer. 

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen

Collect

 

Lord Jesus Christ, your birth at Bethlehem draws us to kneel in wonder

at heaven touching earth: accept our heartfelt praise as we worship you,

our Saviour and eternal God.

Amen.

First Reading (please sit)

At the end the reader may say

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading - please stand

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

At the end the reader may say

 

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon

We Affirm Our Faith

 

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,

source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist?

I believe and trust in him.

 

Do you believe and trust in God the Son,

who took our human nature, died for us and rose again?

I believe and trust in him.

 

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, 

who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world?

I believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith. We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Prayers

This response may be used

 

Holy God, hear our prayer.

Merciful Father 

accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Peace

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

We all share a sign of God's peace.

 

The Preparation of the Table

 

Word made flesh, life of the world, in your incarnation you embraced our poverty:

by your Spirit may we share in your riches.

Amen.

 

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here

his spirit is with us

Lift up your hearts

We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

The prayer continues and we join in saying

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

The prayer continues and we join in saying

Great is the mystery of faith.

Christ has died: Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.

The prayer continues and we join in saying

Blessing and honour and glory and power

be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.

Amen.

 

The Breaking Of The Bread

 

We break the bread of life and that life is the light of the world.

God here among us, light in the midst of us, bring us to light and life.

Agnus Dei

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

 

The Giving Of Communion

Prayer After Communion

Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

Through him we offer you our souls and bodies to be a living sacrifice.

Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.

Amen.

Blessing

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.

To offer your monetary gift to God by supporting the work of the Tring Team Parish, please go to tringteamparish.org.uk/giving

Copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2000

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THE ORDER OF SERVICE FOR CHRISTMAS MORNING  from the Book of Common Prayer

THE PREPARATION

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Our Father, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Prayer of Preparation

 

Almighty God,
unto whom all hearts be open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hid:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love thee,
and worthily magnify thy holy name;
through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

The Collect

 

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.

 

The Reading

 

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

Here endeth the Epistle.

Thanks be to God

 

Gospel

 

The holy Gospel is written in the first chapter of the Gospel
according to Saint John beginning at the first verse.

Glory be to thee, O Lord.

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise be to thee, O Christ.

The Creed

 

I believe in one God the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible:

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
very God of very God, begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father,
by whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our salvation
came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost
of the Virgin Mary, and was made man,
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried,
and the third day he rose again
according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of the Father.
And he shall come again with glory
to judge both the quick and the dead:
whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost,
the Lord and giver of life,
who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son together
is worshipped and glorified,
who spake by the prophets.
And I believe one Catholick and Apostolick Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.
And I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Sermon

 

Offertory

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Intercession

 

Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church militant here in earth.  Almighty and everliving God, who by thy holy Apostle hast taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks, for all men: We humbly beseech thee most mercifully [*to accept our alms and oblations, and] to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto thy Divine Majesty; beseeching thee to inspire continually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord: And grant, that all they that do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity, and godly love. We beseech thee also to save and defend all Christian Kings, Princes, and Governors; and specially thy servant ELIZABETH our Queen; that under her we may be godly and quietly governed: And grant unto her whole Council, and to all that are put in authority under her, that they may truly and indifferently minister justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true religion, and virtue.

Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all Bishops and Curates, that they may both by their life and doctrine set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments: And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace; and specially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear, and receive thy holy Word; truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life.

 

And we most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them, who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom: Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate.

Amen.

 

Confession

 

Ye that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways: draw near with faith, and take this holy sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.

 

Then shall this general Confession be made, in the name of all those that are minded to receive the holy Communion, all the people kneeling humbly upon their knees and saying,

 

Almighty God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
maker of all things, judge of all men:
we acknowledge and bewail

our manifold sins and wickedness,
which we, from time to time,
most grievously have committed,
by thought, word and deed,
against thy divine majesty,
provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us.

We do earnestly repent,
and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings;
the remembrance of them is grievous unto us;
the burden of them is intolerable.
Have mercy upon us,
have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;
for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
forgive us all that is past;
and grant that we may ever hereafter
serve and please thee in newness of life,
to the honour and glory of thy name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins
to all them that with hearty repentance

and true faith turn unto him:
have mercy upon you;
pardon and deliver you from all your sins;
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness;
and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

The Comfortable Words

 

Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all that truly turn to him:  Come unto me, all that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.

Matthew 11.28

 

So God loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3.16

 

Hear also what Saint Paul saith: This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

1 Timothy 1.15

 

Hear also what Saint John saith: If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 2.1,2

 

Preface

 

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up unto the Lord.

Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.

It is meet and right so to do.

It is very meet, right and our bounden duty,
that we should at all times, and in all places,

give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father,
almighty, everlasting God.

Because thou didst give Jesus Christ thine only Son to be born as at this time for us;

who, by the operation of the Holy Ghost,

was made very man of the substance of the Virgin Mary his mother;

and that without spot of sin, to make us clean from all sin.

Therefore with angels and archangels,

and with all the company of heaven,
we laud and magnify thy glorious name,
evermore praising thee, and saying:

Al Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts,

heaven and earth are full of thy glory.

Glory be to thee, O Lord most high. Amen.

 

Prayer of Humble Access

 

We do not presume

to come to this thy table, O merciful Lord,

trusting in our own righteousness,

but in thy manifold and great mercies.

We are not worthy

so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy table.

But thou art the same Lord,

whose property is always to have mercy:

grant us therefore, gracious Lord,

so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ,

and to drink his blood,

that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body,

and our souls washed through his most precious blood,

and that we may evermore dwell in him,
and he in us. Amen.

The Prayer of Consecration

 

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of thy tender mercy didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there (by his one oblation of himself once offered) a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death, until his coming again:

Hear us, O merciful Father, we most humbly beseech thee; and grant that we receiving these thy creatures of bread and wine, according to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ’s holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed body and blood:

who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread;
and, when he had given thanks, he brake it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying,

Take, eat;
this is my body which is given for you:
do this in remembrance of me.


Likewise after supper he took the cup;
and, when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying,
Drink ye all of this;
for this is my blood of the new testament,
which is shed for you and for many,

for the remission of sins:
do this, as oft as ye shall drink it,

in remembrance of me.

All Amen.

 

Giving of Communion

 

Prayer after the communion

 

As our Saviour Christ hath commanded and taught us,
we are bold to say

 

Our Father, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done,
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

O Lord and heavenly Father, we thy humble servants entirely desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant, that by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we and all thy whole Church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion. And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy and lively sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee, that all we, who are partakers of this holy communion, may be fulfilled with thy grace and heavenly benediction. And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father almighty, world without end.

Amen

 

Gloria in Excelsis

 

Glory be to God on high,
and in earth peace, goodwill towards men.

We praise thee, we bless thee,
we worship thee, we glorify thee,
we give thanks to thee for thy great glory,
O Lord God, heavenly King,
God the Father almighty.
O Lord, the only-begotten Son Jesu Christ;
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father,
have mercy upon us.
For thou only art holy;
thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ,
with the Holy Ghost, art most high
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen
.

 

The Blessing

 

Christ the Son of God, born of Mary,
fill you with his grace to trust his promises and obey his will;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

© The Crown/Cambridge University Press: The Book of Common Prayer (1662)

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