Prayers before Christmas Dinner

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!

Safe Travels

We thank You for the safe journey that family and friends have made to this dinner table tonight. I thank you for each and every one of them. Father, bless this food, as You bless this time we have together. Lord, I love this family and I pray that as we part ways later that You will also guide them home safely. Jesus, we love You! We thank You for your willingness to travel from Heaven to this chaotic world to save us. When nothing could pay off the debt our sin had made, You showed us ultimate love by being born. You were born to die for us and my spirit is moving within me right now thinking about how precious this is. You are Lord and Savior. All praise be to You, Lord! We love You! Amen

Christmas Dinner Prayer

Eternal God,
This joyful day is radiant with the brilliance of your one true light. May that light illuminate our hearts and shine in our words and deeds. May the hope, the peace, the joy, and the love represented by the birth in Bethlehem fill our lives and become part of all that we say and do. May we share the divine life of your son Jesus Christ, even as he humbled himself to share our humanity. Bless us and the feast that You have provided for us, let us be thankful for the true gift of Christmas, your Son. Amen.

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.