“Father of All Men, look upon our family, Kneeling together before Thee, And grant us a true Christmas.”
“With loving heart we bless Thee:
For the gift of Thy dear Son Jesus Christ,
For the peace He brings to human homes, For the good-will He teaches to sinful men,
For the glory of Thy goodness shining in His face.
With joyful voice we praise Thee: For His lowly birth and His rest in the manger, For the pure tenderness of His mother Mary, For the fatherly care that protected Him,
For the Providence that saved the
Holy Child To be the Saviour of the world.
With deep desire we beseech Thee:
Help us to keep His birthday truly, Help us to offer, in His name, our Christmas prayer.
From the sickness of sin and the darkness of doubt, From selfish pleasures and sullen pains, From the frost of pride and the fever of envy, God save us every one, through the blessing of Jesus.
In the health of purity and the calm of mutual trust, In the sharing of joy and the bearing of trouble, In the steady glow of love and the clear light of hope, God keep us every one, by the blessing of Jesus.
In praying and praising, in giving and receiving, In eating and drinking, in singing and making merry, In parents’ gladness and in children’s mirth, In dear memories of those who have departed,
In good comradeship with those who are here, In kind wishes for those who are far away, In patient waiting, sweet contentment, generous cheer, God bless us every one, with the blessing of Jesus.
By remembering our kinship with all men, By well-wishing, friendly speaking and kindly doing, By cheering the downcast and adding sunshine to daylight, By welcoming strangers (poor shepherds or wise men),
By keeping the music of the angels’ song in this home, God help us every one to share the blessing of Jesus: In whose name we keep Christmas:
And in whose words we pray together:
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” ¹–Henry Van Dyke; 1905.