Christmas Day

Any of the following sets of readings may be used on the evening of Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. Set III should be used at some service during the celebration.

I Isaiah 9: 2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2: 11-14; Luke 2: 1‑14 (15-20)
Isaiah 62: 6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3: 4-7; Luke 2: (1‑7) 8-20
Isaiah 52: 7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1: 1-4 (5-12); John 1: 1-14

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Also see readings selected for Christmas Eve

Lighting of Advent candles
Singing the Faith Plus offers a number of options for Advent Candle Liturgies

Useful hymns (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (“Christ, be our light!”) (StF 706)

Isaiah 52: 7-10

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship (StF 350)
There’s a light upon the mountains, and the day is at the spring (StF 188)

Psalm 98

Hymn echoing psalmist’s theme

*Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)

Hebrews 1: 1-4 (5-12)

Angels from the realms of glory (StF 190)
Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
*Glory be to God on high, and peace on earth descend (StF 199)
*Hark! The herald-angels sing (StF 202)
It came upon a midnight clear (StF 205)
*Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
*Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
Long ago, prophets knew Christ would come (StF 178)
*Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)

John 1: 1-14

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning (StF 227)
Christians, awake, salute the happy morn (StF 195)
Come and join the celebration (StF 196) esp. v.1
*Glory be to God on high, and peace on earth descend (StF 199)
God is born among us: earth receives the Christ child (StF 200)
Good news, good news to you we bring (StF 201)
*Hark! The herald-angels sing (StF 202)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (StF 591)
*Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
Light out of darkness (website only)
*Love came down at Christmas (StF 210)
O come, all ye faithful (StF 212)
Once in royal David’s city (StF 214)
See, amid the winter’s snow (StF 215)
Silent night, holy night (StF 217)
We do not look for angel choirs (website only)
While shepherds watched their flocks by night (StF 221)