January 4 Eleventh Day of Christmas


January 4th is also the Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) who founded the Daughters of Charity.  A source of selflessness and inspiration, she devoted her life to providing resources for those in need.  


Invitation to Worship

Christ is born to us; come, let us adore him!

 Light Christmas Candles and say or sing:

O Holy ONE + open my lips,

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.


Glory to God in the highest

~And peace to God’s people on Earth.



All may sing or alternate the verses of any Christmas Morning Carol .

Angels from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o’er all the Earth;

You, who sang creation’s story, Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ our newborn Love.


Sages, leave your contemplation; Brighter visions beam afar:

Seek the great Desire of nations; You have seen his natal star.

Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ our newborn Love.


Saints before the altar bending, Watching long in hope and fear.

Suddenly out God, descending, In the temple shall appear:

Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ our newborn Love.




Mary and Joseph were filled with wonder

at all that was said of the child.

Psalm 5

Hear my words, O Adonai,

listen to my cries for help.

I  invoke you, O Gracious One,

in the morning my prayer rises with the sun;

at dawn I plead my case before you,

watching and waiting.


You never welcome evil,

and never let it rest.

Arrogance has no place,

it withers before your face.


Those who do evil are sorely rebuked;

those who lie cannot succeed.

Violence and treachery,

are detestable before you.


But by your kindness and compassion,

I can enter your temple;

I can bow here before you

filled with reverence and awe.


Lead me, Adonai, in your justice,

in the face of those who wish to destroy;

make clear your way before me.


Their charges against me are groundless,

their hearts are full of destruction;

their tongues as smooth as honey,

their throats a wide-open grave.


All those you protect will be glad

and celebrate you love forever.

You protect all who love you,

and in your Name they rejoice.

For you bless those who are just,

surround them with grace as with a shield.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen. 

Mary and Joseph were filled with wonder

at all that was said of the child.

READING     Tobit 14:6-7

All the nations shall abandon their idols and come to Jerusalem to dwell.

And all the rulers of the earth shall rejoice in her, worshiping the God of Israel.


Silent Prayer

R. The Light has pierced the darkness * and darkness did not prevail.  V.  The Word was made flesh.  *and darkness did not prevail.  V . Glory to the Abba and the Word, and the Breath of Love.  R. The Light has pierced the darkness *and darkness did not prevail. 


Canticle of Zachary–  Luke 1:68-79


Like the rising Sun, the compassion of God will shine on us!

Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.


God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.


Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;


That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy

For the rest of our days.


And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.


For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun will shine upon us

To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow

To Guide our feet on the way of peace.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

Like the rising Sun, the compassion of God will shine on us!

Litany of Intercession

Son of God and Son of Mary, you brought us the Good News of God’s unconditional and liberating love, ~ may we love others into freedom.


Sun of Justice and Brightness of God’s face, ~illumine this day and this New Year with the Light of your truth .


Suffering Servant, compassion moved you to feed the hungry, heal the sick, and identify with those despised and rejected by power and privilege, ~fill our lives with your compassion.


Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …


Closing Prayer & Blessing

Holy One, Source of all light and life for all creatures, through your eternal Word you illumined the Universe on the first day of creation, and you enlighten all peoples with the wisdom of love.  As we celebrate this Eleventh Day of Christmas and begin this New Year, enlighten our minds with the radiance of His Light, that our lives may be filled with his wisdom and peace.  Amen.


May the  Word Made Flesh of the Virgin Mary + full of grace and truth, bless us and keep us.   Amen.


Let us bless the world with peace.    ~And give thanks to God.