God, our loving Father, help us remember the
birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of
the angels, the gladness of the shepherds and
the wisdom of the wise men.
Close the door of hate and open the door of love
all over the world.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which
Christ brings and teach us to be merry with
May the Christmas morning make us happy
to be your children and the Christmas evening
bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)