Christmas Day Service Live from Bath Abbey - 2015 Christmas Day Eucharist


Christmas Day Service Live from Bath Abbey - 2015

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Welcome to Bath - and a very happy Christmas to you all.

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I'm standing in the very centre of Bath.

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It's a World Heritage City, and on a winter's morning like this,

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we can often see the steam from the hot springs rising up

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Christians have worshipped here from the fourth century.

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Today it is a thriving church and plays its part in a modern and

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energetic place. Our service is beginning,

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so let's join with the choirs of the Abbey and sing our first

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carol, O Come All Ye Faithful. He is Christ the Lord.

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Alleluia. We join our song with

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the angels and archangels as they sing, "Glory to God

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in the highest heaven". # Et in terra pax hominibus

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bonae voluntatis. # Gratias agimus tibi

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propter magnam gloriam tuam # Qui sedes ad dexteram

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Patris miserere nobis. # Quoniam tu solus

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sanctus tu solus Dominus, Let us pray in the peace of this

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Christmas celebration that our joy in the birth

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of Christ will last forever. Lord Jesus Christ,

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Your birth at Bethlehem draws us to kneel in wonder

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at heaven touching earth. By Your presence, inspire our faith

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and direct our lives. Already this year, we've

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hosted many carol services and around 30,000 people have

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come to mark Christmas But today it's the real

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thing - Christmas Day - it seems that there's hope

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for the world. Much of our service today

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is about celebrating this hope That's what this lovely

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tree is about - fun, laughter, giving and receiving,

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family and friends. But we know all our homes

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carry some sadness. Terrorism has cast

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a deep shadow of fear. Many people around

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the world are refugees There are Christians

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who are prevented from even lighting a tree - it would cost

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them their lives. God knows that we often make

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decisions that harm others Hannah's now going to help us

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to pray, to turn to God Lord, you came as Saviour to bring

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God's peace to the world. We're sorry for the

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times we choose war. Lord, you came as Saviour to bring

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God's light to the world. We're sorry for the times we choose

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to hide in the darkness Lord, you came as a Saviour

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to bring God's love We're sorry for the times

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we choose to abuse this gift. that he sent his Son

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to be our Saviour, forgive you and make you holy

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to serve him in the world, We celebrate the hope

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and healing Jesus brings us Here at Bath Abbey, we have special

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friendship links around One of them is very near Bethlehem,

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a place called Beit Sahour. Beit Sahour is where it's

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believed the shepherds saw the angels on that

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first Christmas night. My colleague Evelyn and I were there

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just a few weeks ago, And what did you feel about it when

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you were there? I was heartbroken and devastated with what I saw.

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Because of what I the impact of what I was in with a confit, separation

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and division in the land. What does it look like to you? Particularly

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economic issues, where Artisans, who made these beautiful decorations,

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can't find work. I know it was indeed a sad time but we met a very

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lovely lady, didn't we? We met a woman called Suzan, a Christian

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Palestinian and she had used her gifts and talents in business to

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bring together the very poor Artisans into a fair trade

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collective. Can you tell us what the collective does? As an example, it

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has made these baubles and angels. The impact of coming into the

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collective is that they are able to stay on the land. Their heritage,

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which is so important, so the work that she does in bringing economic,

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some degree of prosperity to them even though they are not rich by UK

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standards, it just means that they can stay there, and they don't

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emigrate. To her, that is an answer to a problem. Thank you.

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Would you like to stand up? As they sing our next Carol, we might think

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about those people who are in trouble today and places that are a

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bit anxious as well. They are going to sing The Little Roadster

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# I heard a sheepbell softly calling them

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Join the congregation in historic Bath Abbey for the live Christmas Eucharist service, with the Reverend Edward Mason, rector of the Abbey, and Reverend Claire Robson. In this beautiful setting, the Abbey Choir leads well-loved traditional Christmas carols, and there's a performance from the children's choir Melody Makers.


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