Loving Father, help us to remember the story of Christ's birth,
so that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds
and the wisdom of the wise men.
Close the doors of hate and open the door of love in our lives.
Let kindness accompany every gift we give
and good wishes enrich every greeting we exchange.
Deliver us from selfishness by the blessing which Christ alone can bring,
and teach us to be glad with a pure heart,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
—Robert Louis Stevenson.
Psalm 97, "The Lord Is King, the Earth May Be Glad Thereof." Wakefield Cathedral Choir. 2017. Composer: James Middleton.
May the Lord, who has called out of darkness into his marvellous light, bless us and fill us with peace. Amen.