Christmas Dinner Prayer – The Reason
Christmas dinner prayer, choral concerts, and candle-lit services fill the schedule for modern Christmas celebrations. Prayer helps us communicate with God and as we sit down to eat Christmas dinner, we want to acknowledge the birth of Jesus. While no single official Christmas prayer or psalm exists, we encourage you to think about what Jesus means to you and your family. Speak from your heart to God in Heaven. Here is a sample:
Some prayers may be verbally spoken, while others might be in the form of psalms (songs of praise and worship). In celebrating Christmas, prayers give praise for the virgin birth of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Perhaps the first prayer of praise for the birth of Jesus came from His expectant mother, Mary:
“Oh, how I praise the Lord. How I rejoice in God my Savior! For He took notice of His lowly servant girl, and now generation after generation will call me blessed. For He, the Mighty One, is holy, and He has done great things for me. His mercy goes on from generation to generation, to all who fear Him. His mighty arm does tremendous things! How He scatters the proud and haughty ones! He has taken princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. He has satisfied the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands. And how He has helped His servant Israel! He has not forgotten His promise to be merciful. For He promised our ancestors — Abraham and His children — to be merciful to them forever” (Luke 1:46-55).
Mary directed glory to God for His gift to the world through her. Her words of praise have often been sung in choral music and hymns.
Christmas Dinner Prayer – What to include in a Christmas Prayer
The biblical accounts of Christ’s birth have withstood time for two thousand years. From oral to written accounts, the Immaculate Conception has not lost its effect on mankind. Although no one knows the exact date of Christ’s birth, Christmas sets a fixed time to commemorate this wonderful gift by rejoicing in song and prayer to God. Christians celebrate the revelation of God’s gift to mankind, His coming in the form of man, Jesus the Messiah.
Christmas Dinner Prayer – Taking the Words to Heart
Consider having your family read a Christmas dinner prayer or a Christmas song together as the Christmas Dinner prayer:
A Prayer (by Martin Luther)
Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.
My heart for very joy doth leap,
My lips no more can silence keep,
I too must sing, with joyful tongue,
That sweetest ancient song,
Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given
While angels sing with pious mirth.
A glad new year to all the earth!
O Holy Night (by Adolphe Adam)
Oh Holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
Oh night divine. Oh night when Christ was born;
Oh night divine, Oh night divine. Learn More About Prayer
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
– We have all
and deserve God’s judgment.
, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him.
, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He
for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was
rose from the dead
according to the
. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your
, declaring, “
Jesus is Lord
,” you will be saved from
and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What is your response?
Yes, today I am deciding to follow JesusYes, I am already a follower of JesusI still have questions
A Prayer of Thanks
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son to earth as a baby so many years ago. Thank you that He paid the punishment for my sins by dying on the cross. And thank you that He rose again to prove that death was truly defeated. I place my trust in You to be my Savior. Guide me through the dark times of my life and give me courage to live for You. Amen
Opening Prayer for Christmas Eve Service
Rev. Dr. Sean B. Murray
Gracious, loving and merciful God, on this Christmas Eve, as the light of your Word penetrates our hearts, as we are reminded of the gift of life and faith, as the glories of the heavenly hosts are echoed in our church, we open ourselves up to your Spirit and give you thanks. We are grateful, Lord Jesus, that your story has become our story, and we celebrate your birth.to take to heart the wonder of your love, that we may walk in your ways and delight in your will. Help us, Lord God, to be the faithful, gracious, loving, giving and forgiving people you would have us be.
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Please forgive me for being so grumpy as I trudge through the never-ending tasks set before me this holiday season…
My to-do list seems to keep growing with shopping, church services, and family gatherings—
and I’m running short of time!
Restore the joy of Christmas to my heart . . .
and help me to relax each day and make time for
my one true Source of Joy.
Coping with Loneliness at Christmas!
A Prayer for Christmas Morning
-by Henry van Dyke.
The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven, and crowns another year with peace and good will.
Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men.
Close the doors of hate and open the doors 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 that Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
And the Christmas evening bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus? sake.
The Story of the Birth of Jesus Christ
A Christmas Prayer
Jesus, the Light of the World, as we celebrate your birth . . . . may we begin to see the world in the light of the understanding you give us. As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart. May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving. Amen.
THANK YOU, LORD,
for the gift of Your love.
May I be a shining
example of that love to others.
A CHRISTMAS BLESSING
Wilda English, n.d.
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?.