Prayer: You came as an infant into our lives. You came as our Redeemer and Saviour and Sustainer. Come now O Prince of Peace, Everlasting God and King of our hearts. Come now Emmanuel and make us one with You so that we may love as You love, give peace as You give peace, and bring mercy as You bring mercy. May we live to serve You now and always in each day that we live and move and have our being. Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
Here in Brandon, some families already have their Christmas trees put away for another year. Other families are still awaiting their Christmas (Ukrainian Catholic, Ukrainian Orthodox, Coptic). And then there are families that leave the Christmas tree and Christmas lights up until the twelfth day of Christmas and Epiphany.
Whatever our tradition is, we remember the coming into this world the Holy Infant Child. We remember the love of Mary, his mother and the peace and joy of Joseph. We remember the wonderful gift the Angels told the shepherds... and the shepherds telling everyone the Good News. This year may we all share this love of Christmas through our service and example. And may others ponder in their hearts what they have seen!
Holy Child of God, You came into our lives as an infant. Holy Child, You came as our Redeemer and Saviour and Sustainer. Come now again O Prince of Peace into our hearts. Come now again Emmanuel and make us one with You so that we may love as You love. Grant us peace as You give peace. May we share Your mercy as You bring mercy. May we live to serve You now and always with great joy and with great love. This we ask in Your Name, O Holy One. Amen.