Christmas & New Year’s Prayers

Advent

Help us to prepare a way for you
by our thoughtfulness towards others,
by our care in little things,
by our upholding of the oppressed

Help us to prepare a way for you
by our thoughtfulness towards creatures,
by our care of crops and kitchens,
by our upholding of creation.
(#79 Celtic Prayers For Life Today Ray Simpson, Kevin Mayhew)

Christ, Light of the world,
meet us in our place of darkness.
Christ, Light of the world,
meet us in our place of longing.
Christ, light of the world,
meet us in our place of working.
(#82 Celtic Prayers For Life Today Ray Simpson, Kevin Mayhew) 

Among the hungry
among the homeless
among the friendless
come to make things new.

Among the powerful
among the spoilt
among the crooked
come to make things new.

In halls of fame
in corridors of power
in forgotten places
come to make things new.

With piercing eyes
with tender touch
with cleansing love
come to make things new. (#83 Celtic Prayers For Life Today Ray Simpson, Kevin Mayhew)

Christmas

Child of Glory
Child of Mary
Born in a stable
The King of all
You came tour wasteland
In our place suffered
Draw near to us who to you call.

Bless to us this day of joy
Open to us heaven’s generous gates
Strengthen our hope
Revive our souls
‘Til we sing the joys of your glory
With all the angels of heaven.
(From Celtic Blessings, Ray Simpson Loyola Press) 

Christmas

As we look into the face of the Babe of Bethlehem,
the face of Defenceless love,
in your mercy look upon your troubled world:
fear and violence, homelessness and pollution,
grief and anxiety stalk it.
Move the hearts of governments and peoples
to use your gifts of wealth and skill
to build your kingdom of love,
where we shall live free from cruelty, neglect and fear,
free to look into the face of every person with welcome.
You are among us, Lord as you were
in the homeless babe in the stable.
As we come face to face with eternal Goodness,
May the human spirit be renewed.
(#99 Celtic Prayers For Life Today Ray Simpson, Kevin Mayhew) 

Christmas Tree

May the branches that point upwards
lead us to worship the Creator
who came from heaven to be born as a child.

May the needles that fall to the ground
remind us of the needs of the poor and those
at the bottom of the social pile.

May the decorations that brighten this dark season
prompt us to celebrate it with thoughtfulness and joy.
(#99 Celtic Prayers For Life Today Ray Simpson Kevin Mayhew) 

New Year

God bless to me this year
Never vouchsafed to me before.
It is to bless your own presence
that you have given me this moment, O Lord.

Bless to me my eye
And everything it shall see
Bless to me my neighbour
May my neighbour be a blessing to me.

Bless to me my household
and all my dear ones
Bless to me my work and all that belongs
to your provision.

Give to me a clean heart
That I may not need to hide from you
One moment of this new year.
(From Celtic Blessings, Ray Simpson, Loyola Press) 

New Year

God of the years,
at the gate of the year we put our hands in yours.
As the old tide recedes, may we plant your footsteps
in the sands.
May we travel with less baggage and more wisdom,
And learn from you how our journey should be
(#109 Celtic Prayers For Life Today, Ray Simpson Kevin Mayhew)