STATION AT THE CHRISTMAS CRECHE
Almighty and everliving God, you have given us a new revelation of your loving providence in the coming of your Son Jesus Christ to be born of the Virgin Mary: Grant that as he shared our mortality, so we may share his eternity in the glory of your kingdom; where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
A READING FROM ISAIAH ISAIAH 9:2-7
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness-- on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder . For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
1 Sing to the Lord a / new song; *
sing to the Lord, all the whole / earth.
2 Sing to the Lord and bless his / Name; *
proclaim the good news of his salvation
from day to / day.
3 Declare his glory among the / nations *
and his wonders among all / peoples.
4 For great is the Lord and greatly to be / praised;*
he is more to be feared than all / gods.
5 As for all the gods of the nations,
they are but / idols; *
but it is the Lord who made the / heavens.
6 Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence! *
Oh, the power and the splendor of his / sanctuary!
7 Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the / peoples;*
ascribe to the Lord honor and / power. 8 Ascribe to the Lord the honor due his / Name;*
bring offerings and come into his / courts.
9 Worship the Lord in the beauty of / holiness; *
let the whole earth tremble be/fore him.
10 Tell it out among the nations:
"The Lord is / King! *
he has made the world so firm that it cannot bemoved;
he will judge the peoples with / equity."
11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
let the sea thunder and all that is / in it; *
let the field be joyful and all that is there/in.
12 Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy
before the Lord when he / comes, *
when he comes to judge the / earth.
13 He will judge the world with / righteousness *
and the peoples with his / trut
A READING FROM TITUS TITUS 2:11-14
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, ACCORDING TO LUKE LUKE 2:1-14
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see-- I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth, peace among those he favors!"