Nov 29, 2012

Christmas Eve Communion Prayer


Here’s a prayer at the Table for Christmas Eve. It was written by Katherine Hawker.

Communion Prayer for Christmas

Gathering around the table as we celebrate new life borning,
we remember so many stories shared around tables;
tables where bread is broken and cup is poured out,
where families gather and generations share,
where stories are remembered, refined, reshaped.

(optional sung response)
Gloria, gloria, in excelsis deo!
Gloria, gloria, alleluia, alleluia!

Gathering around the table on this holy night,
we remember the story of the sacred daring to share our life,
the story of the holy donning human flesh and dwelling among us,
a story that is at once both ethereal and earthly.

(optional sung response)
Gloria, gloria, in excelsis deo!
Gloria, gloria, alleluia, alleluia!

Gathering around the table on this Christmas night,
we break the bread and remember the paradox
that it is in our brokenness that we become whole;
we fill this cup and remember the abundance
discovered in each new sharing of our sacred stories.

(optional sung response)
Gloria, gloria, in excelsis deo!
Gloria, gloria, alleluia, alleluia!

Together, around the table, we pray:
Come, holy Spirit, come.
Bless this bread and bless this fruit of the vine.
Bless all of us in our eating and drinking
that our eyes might be opened,
that we might recognize the Spirit rising in our midst
indeed, in one another.
Come, holy Spirit, come.

~ written by Katherine Hawker, and posted on Liturgy Outside. http://www.liturgyoutside.net/