Christmas Dinner Prayer

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Christmas Dinner Prayer – The Reason
Christmas dinner prayer, choral concerts, and candle-lit services fill the schedule for modern Christmas celebrations. Prayer helps us communicate with God and as we sit down to eat Christmas dinner, we want to acknowledge the birth of Jesus. While no single official Christmas prayer or psalm exists, we encourage you to think about what Jesus means to you and your family. Speak from your heart to God in Heaven. Here is a sample:

    “Heavenly Father, Thank you for sending Your Son Jesus to earth. We not only celebrate His birth in the manger, but also the reason for His coming -- His death on the cross. We thank You for providing eternal life for each person who will accept His free gift of salvation.

    “Father, I thank you for my family. Life is not always easy for us, but we know that You are always with us. As Your Word says, You will never leave us nor forsake us. Thank you for the love that holds us together and for always meeting our needs. Draw us closer together through this coming year. We love You and want our time of celebration to be memorable today. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Some prayers may be verbally spoken, while others might be in the form of psalms (songs of praise and worship). In celebrating Christmas, prayers give praise for the virgin birth of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Perhaps the first prayer of praise for the birth of Jesus came from His expectant mother, Mary: “Oh, how I praise the Lord. How I rejoice in God my Savior! For He took notice of His lowly servant girl, and now generation after generation will call me blessed. For He, the Mighty One, is holy, and He has done great things for me. His mercy goes on from generation to generation, to all who fear Him. His mighty arm does tremendous things! How He scatters the proud and haughty ones! He has taken princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. He has satisfied the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands. And how He has helped His servant Israel! He has not forgotten His promise to be merciful. For He promised our ancestors -- Abraham and His children -- to be merciful to them forever” (Luke 1:46-55).

Mary directed glory to God for His gift to the world through her. Her words of praise have often been sung in choral music and hymns.

Christmas Dinner Prayer – What to include in a Christmas Prayer
The biblical accounts of Christ’s birth have withstood time for two thousand years. From oral to written accounts, the Immaculate Conception has not lost its effect on mankind. Although no one knows the exact date of Christ’s birth, Christmas sets a fixed time to commemorate this wonderful gift by rejoicing in song and prayer to God. Christians celebrate the revelation of God’s gift to mankind, His coming in the form of man, Jesus the Messiah.

Christmas Dinner Prayer – Taking the Words to Heart
Consider having your family read a Christmas dinner prayer or a Christmas song together as the Christmas Dinner prayer:

A Prayer (by Martin Luther)
Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.


My heart for very joy doth leap,
My lips no more can silence keep,
I too must sing, with joyful tongue,
That sweetest ancient song,

Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given
While angels sing with pious mirth.
A glad new year to all the earth!


O Holy Night (by Adolphe Adam)
Oh Holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
Oh night divine. Oh night when Christ was born;
Oh night divine, Oh night divine.

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