Merry Christmas Eve from Trinity Episcopal. Listen to this special service of music and worship, and follow along with a precious, nighttime encounter with our Lord.
December 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
THE MUSICAL PRELUDE
“A Tender Shoot” Goldschmidt – Trinity Ensemble
“Mary, Mary” Marsh – Trinity Choir
“Cold December Flies Away” Lo desembre congelet – Bill Lawing, Trumpet
THE HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE II
Processional Hymn 83 “O come, all ye faithful” (vv.1-3, 6)
THE ACCLAMATION 355
Priest: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen.
THE COLLECT FOR PURITY 355
Hymn 96 “Angels we have heard on high” (vv.1, 3)
THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
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.
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.
“Sleep in Heavenly Peace” arr. Schram – Trinity Youth Ensemble
The Second Lesson: 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.
Hymn 89 “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear”
THE GOSPEL: Luke 2:1-14
Response: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.
Response: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
THE NICENE CREED 358
Post communion Hymn 111 “Silent Night, Holy Night” (kneeling)
POSTCOMMUNION PRAYER 365
Hymn 100 “Joy to the world! The Lord is come” Antioch
THE DISMISSAL (Response: Thanks Be To God! Alleluia! Alleluia!)
Merry Christmas Eve, and Merry Christmas from Trinity!