Knights of Columbus

Father McGivney Council 6392

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Prayers for the Christmas Season

Prayers for the Christmas Season

Morning + Evening + Meal Prayers + Breakfast + Dinner


First day in the octave of Christmas.
Prayers for the Christmas Season

For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.

—ISAIAH 9:5

Today Christ is born!
Today the Savior has appeared.
Today the angels sing on earth,
And the archangels rejoice.
Today the just exult, saying:
Glory to the Lord in the highest. Alleluia.

MAGNIFICAT ANTIPHON FOR CHRISTMAS

Christmas tree

Below are prayers for the family for morning and evening and before and after meals. These prayers are said from Christmas eve until the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, January 14. They may be used whole or in part depending on the ages of the children in one's family.

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Prayers for the Christmas Season

From lands that see the sun arise To earth's remotest boundaries,
The Virgin-born today we sing The Son of Mary,
Christ the King.

—LAUDS FOR THE NATIVITY

Mother: Christ is born to us!

All: Come, let us adore Him.

Father: To the King of the Ages, who is immortal, invisible, the one only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

All: Thanks be to God.

Father: Arise, O Christ, and help us.

All: And deliver us for Your Name's sake.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Father: Our Father....

All: But deliver us from evil.

Father: O Lord, hear my prayer.

All: And let my cry come to You.

Father: Let us pray.
O Lord God Almighty, Who has brought us to the beginning of this day, preserve us in the same by Thy power that during this day we may not fall into any sin, but that all our words, thoughts and work may be directed to doing Thy holy will. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.

All: Amen. Alleluia.

Mother: This day Christ is born, this day the Savior has appeared. This day Angels are singing on earth, Archangels are rejoicing. This day the just are glad and say:

All: Glory to God in the highest, alleluia.

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Baby Jesus

And the Word
was made flesh
and dwelt among us.

Mother: May the Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.

All: Alleluia.

Father: Be sober, be watchful!
For your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goes about seeking someone to devour.
Resist him, steadfast in the faith.

All: Thanks be to God.

Father: Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

Father: I confess to Almighty God,

All: to blessed Mary ever Virgin,
to blessed Michael the Archangel,
to blessed John the Baptist,
to the holy apostles Peter and Paul, to all the saints, and to you my family,
that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed:
through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault.
Therefore I beseech blessed Mary ever Virgin,
blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist,
the holy apostles Peter and Paul, all the saints, and you my family,
to pray to the Lord our God for me.

Any Christmas carol or hymn such as Silent Night or Adeste Fidelis may be sung at this time.

Angels

In Bethlehem in a manger of dumb beasts, From a virgin now is born a young child Who is the pre-eternal God. O what a wonder is this!

—BYZANTINE MATINS OF THE FOREFEAST OF THE NATIVITY

Father: Protect us, Lord, while we are awake
and safeguard us while we sleep,
that we may keep watch with Christ and rest in peace.

Father: Now, Master, you let your servant go in peace.

All: You have fulfilled your promise:

Father: My own eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples.

All: A light to bring the Gentiles from darkness;
the glory of your people Israel.

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

All: as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

All: Protect us, Lord, while we are awake
and safeguard us while we sleep,
that we may keep watch with Christ and rest in peace.

Father: O Lord, hear my prayer.

All: And let my cry come to You.

Father: Let us pray.
Visit this home, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
and drive far from it all snares of the enemy.
Let Thy holy Angels dwell herein who may keep us in peace,
and let Thy blessing be always upon us.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ.

All: Amen. Alleluia.

Father: May the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, keep us forever.

All: Amen. Alleluia.

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BEFORE BREAKFAST
Family prayers

Father: The Word was made flesh, alleluia, alleluia!

All: And dwelt among us, alleluia, alleluia!

Father: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad,

All: Before the face of the Lord, for He comes.

Father: Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts,
which we are about to receive from Thy bounty.
Through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

AFTER BREAKFAST
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Father: Glory to God in the highest!

All: And on earth peace to men of good will, alleluia!

Father: The Lord has reigned,

All: And He is clothed with beauty.

Father: O Almighty God, the Savior of the world,
Who has 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.

All: Amen.

BEFORE DINNER
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Family prayers

Father: All the ends of the earth have seen, alleluia!

All: The Salvation of our God, alleluia!

Father: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

All: The Lord is God and He has shone upon us.

Father: Lord, have mercy on us.

All: Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

Father: Our Father........as it is in heaven.

All: Give us this day.........Amen.

Father: Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts,
which we are about to receive from Thy bounty.
Through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

AFTER DINNER
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Father: The goodness of God our Savior has appeared.

All: Not by the works of Justice which we have done,
but according to His mercy, He saved us.

Father: A sanctified day has shone upon us, alleluia!

All: Come, you nations, and adore the Lord!

Father: Let us pray.
Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God,
that the new birth in the flesh of Thine only-begotten Son may set us free,
whom the old bondage holds under the yoke of sin.
Through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Father: We give Thee thanks, Almighty God,
for these and all Thy gifts, which we have received from Thy bounty.
Who lives and reigns world without end.

All: Amen.