Christmas Eve Communion Prayer

Communion Prayer (sung response 756 NCH)

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.
(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.
(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.
(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.

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