Midnight Mass 2021

25th December 2021
Christmas Midnight

Year C

 

Collect

Eternal God,
who made this most holy night
to shine with the brightness of your one true light:
bring us, who have known the revelation of that light on earth,
to see the radiance of your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

Isaiah 52.7-10

     How beautiful on the mountains
         are the feet of those who bring good news,
     who proclaim peace,
         who bring good tidings,
         who proclaim salvation,
     who say to Zion,
         “Your God reigns!”
     Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices;
         together they shout for joy.
     When the LORD returns to Zion,
         they will see it with their own eyes.
     Burst into songs of joy together,
         you ruins of Jerusalem,
     for the LORD has comforted his people,
         he has redeemed Jerusalem.
     The LORD will lay bare his holy arm
         in the sight of all the nations,
     and all the ends of the earth will see
         the salvation of our God.

 

Hebrews 1.1-12

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

     “You are my Son;
         today I have become your Father”?
Or again,

“I will be his Father,
         and he will be my Son”?
And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

     “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
In speaking of the angels he says,

     “He makes his angels winds,
         his servants flames of fire.”

But about the Son he says,

     “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever,
         and righteousness will be the sceptre of your kingdom.
     You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
         therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
         by anointing you with the oil of joy.”
He also says,

     “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
         and the heavens are the work of your hands.
     They will perish, but you remain;
         they will all wear out like a garment.
     You will roll them up like a robe;
         like a garment they will be changed.
     But you remain the same,
         and your years will never end.”


John 1.1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

Post Communion Prayer

God our Father,
in this night you have made known to us again
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
confirm our faith and fix our eyes on him
until the day dawns
and Christ the Morning Star rises in our hearts.
To him be glory both now and for ever.

 

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):
Hebrews 1.1-4(5-12) ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Isaiah 52.7-10 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton 
John 1.1-14 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
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