A Great Thanksgiving For Christmas Based on O Holy Night

O Holy NightA Great Thanksgiving For Christmas Based on O Holy Night
A Great Thanksgiving is also known as a Eucharistic Prayer or Prayer for Holy Communion. It is used to consecrate the bread and the wine/grape juice. This Great Thanksgiving is inspired by the beloved Christmas classic, O Holy Night.

ONE:
Holy One, Eternal and Blessed

ALL:
We lift up our hearts to You.

ONE:
Your love breaks forth,
Calling the wonder of creation into being
Filling our weary world with hope and light

ALL:
We rejoice with the angel voices
Bowing before You in thanks and praise
Holy, holy, holy, Lord
God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

ONE:
When the fullness of time had come
You sent your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ
That all people might know their sacred worth
And embrace your perfect love

ALL:
Your law is love and Your gospel is peace

ONE:
The demands and burdens of the day left no place for Your birth.
The poor and the animals made room.
The proud sought Your power and Your death.
Wise Ones sought Your presence, brought You gifts.
In our sin and error we despise and reject You.
You respond with steadfast love and persevering grace

ALL:
Divine One, forgive us
End our foolish longings
Teach us to love you
And to love one another as sisters and brothers
In Jesus’ Name
Break the chains of isolation and fear
Cease the oppression and the prejudice

ONE:
On the night in which he gave himself up for us,
Jesus took bread, gave thanks to You, broke the bread,
gave it to those gathered around the table, and said:
“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for You.
Do this in remembrance of me.”

When the supper was over, he took the cup,
gave thanks to You, gave it to those gathered and said:
“Drink from this, all of You;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for You and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as You drink it, in remembrance of me.”

ALL:
We remember You, and welcome You,
And proclaim Your power and glory forever:
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again!

ONE:
Come Holy Spirit,
Abide with us and in us
And on these gifts of bread and wine
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ
that we may be filled with Your hope and Your light
and be useful to You in Your saving work.

ALL:
Holy One- Father, Son, Spirit
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done
All to the glory and honor of Your Name.

ALL: singing or speaking
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.

Click Here, for a Great Thanksgiving Celebrating the Joy of Christmas
This Great Thanksgiving incorporates texts from well-known hymns and Christmas carols as congregational responses. The responses may be sung or spoken.

Click Here, for a Great Thanksgiving for Christmas
This Great Thanksgiving uses traditional Christmas images and congregational responses.

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O Holy Night” (“Cantique de Noël“) is a well-known Christmas carol based on the French poem “Minuit, chrétiens” (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau. Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwightcreated a singing edition based on Cappeau’s French text in 1855.

A Great Thanksgiving For Christmas Based on O Holy Night © 2013 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia. You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
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