May we celebrate your glorious birth

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Nativity by Gentile da Fabriano via Wikimedia Commons

The radiance of the Father’s splendor, the Father’s visible image, Jesus Christ our God, peerless among counselors, Prince of peace, Father of the world to come, the model after which Adam was formed, for our sakes became like a slave:
In the womb of Mary the Virgin, without assistance from any man, he took on flesh.  For our sakes he was wrapped in swaddling clothes, laid in a manger, and praised by the angelic powers.

“Glory to God in high heaven,” they sang; “Peace and good will to men.”

Enable us, Lord, to reach the end of this luminous feast in peace, forsaking idle words, acting virtuously, shunning our passions, and raising ourselves above the things of this world.

Bless your Church, which you brought into being long ago and attached to yourself through your own life-giving blood.  Help all orthodox pastors, heads of churches, and doctors.

Bless your servants, whose trust is all in you; bless all Christian souls, the sick, those tormented by evil spirits, and those who have asked us to pray for them.

Show yourself as merciful as you are rich in grace; save and preserve us; enable us to obtain those good things to come which will never know an end.

May we celebrate your glorious birth, and the Father who sent you to redeem us, and your Spirit, the Giver of life, now and forever, age after age. Amen.

Prayer from a Syriac Christian Liturgy

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While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

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