JANUARY 4 — Eleventh Day of Christmas

      Susan Cushman ChristChildandMaryIcon                



 We light the Christmas Candles and say or sing:

Light and Peace in Jesus Christ our Lord!

~Thanks be to God!


All the ends of Earth have seen, alleluia!

~The salvation of our God, alleluia!




When Christ was born at Bethlehem The heedless world slept on

And only simple shepherds heard That God’s own Word had come.


But when the Savior comes again With thunder or with fire,

The cosmos will itself behold His splendor and his pow’r.


Then shall the pure of heart be blest; As mild he comes to them

As when upon the Virgin’s breast He lay at Bethlehem.


He gently came to those with faith But stronger now to save

For having felt the sting of death And having burst the grave.


Come, dwell in us, O Lord, that we may know you as our friend.

Come share with us beyond our pain The joy that cannot end.


O Abba, hear this song of hope Brought by your saving Son,

That in your Spirit we may live And praise you ever one.

Text: J. Anstice (1808-1836, English Hymnal 1906; freely adapted by Ralph Wright, OSB.  Tune: WALSALL, C.M. 





Psalm 26/27a


With You as my Light and my Help,

how can I be afraid?

Adonai is my light and my help,

whom should  I fear?

Adonai is the stronghold  of my life,

before whom should I tremble?


When the violent draw near

to eat me alive,

the mob eager to kill

will stumble and fall.


Should battalions lay siege around me,

my heart would not fear;

should war break out against me,

even then would I trust.


There is one thing I ask of Adonai,

this one thing do I seek:

to live in the house of God

every day of my life,

caught up in God’s splendor and beauty–

at prayer in the temple.


Adonai will hide me there,

hide my life from  attack:

a sheltering tent around me,

a firm rock below.


I am now beyond the reach

of those who lay siege around me.

and I will offer a sacrifice of joy,

I will play and sing praise to God.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen. 

With You as my Light and my Help,

how can I be afraid?

READING —  Romans 8:3-4

God sent the Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for the sake of sin, condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous decree of the law might be fulfilled in us, who live not according to the flesh but according to the spirit. For those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit with the things of the spirit.

Silent Reflection



R. The Word was made flesh. Alleluia, alleluia!  V. And lived among us.  Alleluia, alleluia!



Canticle of Mary          Luke 1:46-55

I have come forth from God into the world;

I have not come of myself, but the Abba sent me.

It is customary to make the sign of the cross at the beginning of the Gospel Canticle.

My heart + is radiant with the Lord,

My whole being delights in God my Savior.


All people now will call me blessed

For God has loved this humble handmaid. 

The Almighty has shown me great favor 

Holy is the NAME,


Whose mercy embraces the faithful,

From one generation to the next.

The mighty arm of God,

Scatters the proud in their own conceit,


Pulls tyrants from their thrones 

While lifting up the lowly: 

Fills the famished with bounty, 

And reveals the emptiness of riches.


Rescues lowly Israel,

Sharing such loving kindness,

As promised to our ancestors

To Abraham and Sarah, and their descendants forever.


Glory to the ONE and to  WORD 

And to the BREATH of Love! 

As always before, 

so now and evermore.  Amen

I have come forth from God into the world;

I have not come of myself, but the Abba sent me.


Litany of Intercession

Let us pray to Christ our Savior: ~O Savior, save us.


Son of the Living God: ~O Savior, save us.


Son of Earth, Human One: ~O Savior, save us.


Son of  Abraham, Israel and David: ~O Savior, save us.


Son of Mary, Ruth, Rachel, Rebecca and Sarah: ~O Savior, save us.

 Prayer of Jesus

Our Dear Abba in heaven…

Closing Prayer and Blessing.

God of endless love and compassion, we praise you for creating us in your own image and likeness and even more for restoring us in Christ Jesus, your living Word.  As we celebrate his birth, may we live his gospel, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God  forever and ever.  Amen.


All may make the sign of the Cross as we say:

May the birth of our God and Savior Jesus Christ + bring all humanity to salvation.

~ Amen.


Let us bless Adonai.

~Thanks be to God.



Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Marian Antiphon for Christmas.
Marian Antiphon 


Loving Mother of our Savior, holding open heaven’s only hope, Star for steerage in this vastness, rise to help us, save the sinking.  Nature’s greatest  Wonder: you have borne your own true Maker, giving human life to him. Virgin ever, before and after, that Good News from Gabriel, Word of Life for living, tell it now: mercy to all people!


The angel of the Lord brought the message to Mary. ~ And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.


Let us pray.  God of light and life,  you have made us glad through the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary; let us join her in praising you for the great mystery of your Word made flesh in Jesus, our Emmanuel.    Amen.