Christmas Day Service Live from Bristol Cathedral - 2016 Christmas Day Eucharist


Christmas Day Service Live from Bristol Cathedral - 2016

A traditional Holy Communion service for Christmas Day, live from Bristol Cathedral. The cathedral choir, directed by Mark Lee, lead the congregation in well-loved carols.


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Welcome to Bristol Cathedral on this Christmas Day.

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What we are celebrating today is simple and startling.

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At Christmas, God appears amongst us in the one form we can

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most easily understand, as one of us.

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He is made like us so we can become like him.

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Our cathedral is an abbey founded nearly 900 years ago, right

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It is a place where the city has always gathered

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Now our service is about to begin, and the congregation is ready

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to sing the first carol, inviting us all to join in and make

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In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

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Peace be with you. ALL: And also with you.

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Today heaven touches earth, God becomes a child,

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In this Eucharist, Christ comes to meet us and invites us to share

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in the life he already lives with us, his risen life.

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Christ, the light of the world, has come to dispel

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In his light, let us examine ourselves and call to mind our sins.

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# Kyrie eleison # Kyrie eleison

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# Christe eleison # Christe eleison

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# Kyrie eleison # Kyrie eleison

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# Kyrie eleison May the God of all healing

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and forgiveness draw you to himself, that you may behold the glory

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of his Son, the Word made flesh, and be cleansed from all your sins,

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through Jesus Christ our # Et in terra pax hominibus

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bonae voluntatis. # Gratias agimus tibi propter

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magnam gloriam tuam, # Domine fili unigenite,

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Jesu Christe, # Filius Patris qui tollis peccata

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mundi, miserere nobis. # Qui tollis peccata pecata mundi,

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suscipe deprecationem nostram. # Qui sedes ad dexteram ad dexteram

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Patris, miserere nobis. # Quoniam quoniam tu

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solus tu solus Sanctus, # Tu solus Dominus,

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tu solus Altissimus, # Jesu Christe, Jesu Christe cum

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Sancto Spiritu in gloria Dei Patris. # Amen, amen,

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amen, amen, amen, amen Let us pray in the peace of this

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Christmas celebration that our joy in the birth of Christ

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will last for ever. Almighty God, you have given

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us your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him

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and as at this time to be Grant that we, who have been born

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again and made your children by adoption and grace,

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may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit,

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through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns

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with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,

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now and for ever. A reading from the

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prophecy of Isaiah. The people who walked in darkness

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have seen a great light. Those who lived in a land

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of deep darkness - You have multiplied the nation,

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you have increased its joy. They rejoice before

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you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when

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dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden,

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and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have

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broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of

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the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled

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in blood shall be burned For a child has been born

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for us, a son given to us. Authority rests upon his

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shoulders, and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,

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Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. # Hodie in terra canunt angeli,

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laetantur archangeli. A reading from the letter

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of Paul to Titus. For the grace of God has appeared,

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bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety

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and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives

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that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait

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for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory

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of our great God and He it is who gave himself for us

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that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify

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for himself a people of his own This is the word of the Lord.

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ALL: Thanks be to God. Hear the Gospel of our

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Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke. In those days, a decree went out

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from Emperor Augustus that This was the first registration

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and was taken while Quirinius All went to their own

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towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town

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of Nazareth in Galilee in Judea, to the city of David called

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Bethlehem, because he was descended He went to be registered with Mary,

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to whom he was engaged While they were there, the time came

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for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn

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son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger,

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because there was no place In that region there were shepherds

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living in the fields, keeping watch Then an angel of the Lord stood

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before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them,

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and they were terrified. But the angel said to them,

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"Do not be afraid, for see - I am bringing you good news of great

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joy for all the people. To you is born this day

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in the city of David a Saviour, This will be a sign for you -

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you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying

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in a manger." And suddenly there was with

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the angel a multitude of the heavenly host,

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praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven,

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and on earth peace among those In the name of the Father,

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the Son and Holy Spirit. A young woman in a hospital,

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she has small children with her. She gets up to go, and a nurse

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asks where she is going. "We have no food at home,

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I am going shopping", When she gets to the supermarket,

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children in tow, someone "Give me your shopping

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list, go to the cafe. We are going to treat

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your family to supper I heard that story from

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the young woman herself. She thought she had learnt

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something about love We will come back to her after I

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have said something about Christmas. For three weeks people

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have been telling me, "This must be your busy

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time of year". In fact, Christmas is not

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the biggest challenge in my diary. However, just out of sight

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this morning, I have They have wrestled with

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15-foot Christmas trees, They have lit just shy of 800

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candles and put them out again. They have put up staging

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for a university concert, and listened to Hark

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the Herald nearly every day for a month and mopped up more

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mulled wine than you And this afternoon, they will close

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their eyes and dream of Lent. They know that Christmas

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arrives playing an organ They know it is busy and brash,

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lit with coloured lights Not just carol services,

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but the cooking, the ho-ho-hoing and the business

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of explaining to Uncle Phil that it really wasn't

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Colonel Mustard in the library, For some, Christmas is quiet,

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or even sad, but the big, bright Christmas

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we see in the adverts shouts out at us -

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it wants our attention. The Christmas story has always been

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full of bustle and bravado. The temptation at Christmas

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is to tell the wrong story. We have just heard Luke tell us,

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"In those days a decree went out Now that sounds like a history

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lesson, a bit like "In 1066, Luke gives us a list

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of names and places - Augustus, Quirinius,

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Nazareth, Bethlehem. He does that to tell us that Jesus

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was born into a world the weak obeyed the strong

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and the strong feared the emperor. People talked about peace

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and managed not to notice that Augustus had annexed Egypt,

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invaded the Balkans, Before ever we get to Bethlehem,

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Luke makes us think about uniforms and swords, about plans

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and broken promises. Luke really wants us to notice that

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Jesus was born while everyone The Augustus story is one we know

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really well, power and politics, the noisy story we have been hearing all

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year. Plans and gestures, taking control, being great.

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It is the story that is always there.

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And while that happens, a couple travel south in a remote

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province and slip unnoticed into the streets of Bethlehem.

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We have got so good at Christmas, so good at spotting the baby

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men got lost and had to stop and ask, forgotten

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You see, Christmas is a different story, another way of looking

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at things, the whisper of God when the world is shouting

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Over there is the big story, the manifesto,

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That is what Luke is trying to get us to see, that we keep getting

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distracted by the noise and the drama.

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We set our hopes on the big solutions, we follow the flag.

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The noise gets worse and there is no room at the inn.

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My house will be full of people today.

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It will be noisy and I will enjoy that, but I must not get distracted.

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Christmas starts small, as small as human life can be.

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It is easily overlooked and it is surprisingly ordinary.

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Just a baby and his mother, a few strangers and a startling hope.

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That is what the presence and power of God looks like -

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a baby and his mother, a life of love and hope.

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The gracious lady taking her children to the supermarket talked

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about acts of kindness, about friends, family and strangers.

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It is the same commitment that is asked of all of us.

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God himself commits to the task of living life fully.

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We can look elsewhere, we can look to the platforms of power,

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Let us affirm our faith in God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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ALL: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,

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maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

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Let us pray to the Father through his Son Jesus Christ

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Father of all, your Son Jesus Christ was born in a stable.

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As we celebrate his birth, give courage to all

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The infant Jesus and his family fled into Egypt.

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As we give thanks for our security, give comfort to all refugees

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and those who are held against their will.

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As a young man, Jesus fasted in the desert.

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As we eat and drink this Christmas, give relief to all who are starving,

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Give strength to all who suffer - those whom we hold in our hearts

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and those who have no-one to pray for them.

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Heavenly Father, as we celebrate this Christmas, we give thanks

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for those people we love and who love us, for our homes,

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our friends, our communities and all the good things we enjoy.

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Almighty God, that you might fill all things with your glory,

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you have united heaven and earth in your Son, Jesus Christ.

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Bring into your eternal kingdom of light and peace those who have

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died recently and all whom we love and see no more.

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Father, on this holy day angels and shepherds worshipped

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Receive the worship we offer in fellowship with Mary,

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Joseph and the saints through him who is your Word made flesh,

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Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,

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and his name shall be called the Prince of Peace

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The peace of the Lord be always with you.

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Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

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Word made flesh, life of the world,

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in your incarnation you embraced our poverty -

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by your Spirit may we share in your riches.

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The Lord be with you. ALL: And also with you.

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Lift up your hearts. ALL: We lift them to the Lord.

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Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

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ALL: It is right to give thanks and praise.

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All glory and honour be yours always and everywhere,

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We give you thanks and praise for your Son,

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our Saviour Jesus Christ, who for love of our fallen

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race humbled himself, and was born of the Virgin Mary

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by the power of your Spirit, and lived as one of us.

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In this mystery of the Word made flesh

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you have caused his light to shine in our hearts,

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to give knowledge of your glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

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In him, we see our God made visible and so are caught up

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in the love of the God we cannot see.

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Therefore with all the angels of heaven

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we lift our voices to proclaim the glory of your name

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# Sanctus Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua.

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# Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.

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# Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini

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Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness.

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Grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,

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and according to your holy will, these gifts of bread and wine

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may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ,

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who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

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He broke it and gave it to his disciples,

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"Take, eat - this is my body which is given for you.

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In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks.

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"This is my blood of the new covenant,

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"which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

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"Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me".

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ALL: Christ has died, Christ is risen,

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And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,

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his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole

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world, rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,

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and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this

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As we offer you this, our sacrifice of praise and

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thanksgiving, we bring before you this bread and this cup

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and we thank you for counting us worthy

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to stand in your presence and serve you.

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Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom

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all who share this one bread and one cup,

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so that we, in the company of Mary, the Mother of the Lord,

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Joseph, Augustine, Jordan and all the angels and saints,

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may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord,

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by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

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all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,

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Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,

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let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.

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We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

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Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

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Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

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# Whom angels greet with anthems sweet

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God our Father, whose Word has come among us

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in the Holy Child of Bethlehem: may the light of faith

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illumine our hearts and shine in our words and deeds;

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Let us pray for God's blessing.

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Our help is in the name of the Lord

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Blessed be the name of the Lord

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May the humility of the shepherds

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the perseverance of the wise men the joy of the angels

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and the peace of the Christ Child be God's gift to us and to all people,

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And the blessing of God almighty,

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the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

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be among you and remain with you always.

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# Hail! the Sun of Righteousness

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# Light and life to all He brings

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# Risen with healing in His wings

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# Mild, He lays His glory by

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# Born that man no more may die

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# Born to raise the sons of earth

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# Born to give them second birth

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# Hark! the herald angels sing

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# Glory to the newborn King Glory to the newborn King!#

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A traditional Holy Communion service for Christmas Day, live from Bristol Cathedral. The cathedral choir, directed by Mark Lee, lead the congregation in well-loved carols, including O Come All Ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. The Mass setting is Mozart's Missa Brevis in B flat, the president is the Rt Rev Mike Hill, bishop of Bristol, and the preacher is the dean, the Very Rev Dr David Hoyle.