Use our unique resources to guide your prayer and reflection this Christmas.
These Christmas prayers were written by students from Cardinal Griffin Catholic College, Cannock, West Midlands, as well as by young people from St Francis of Assisi Catholic College.
This holy time of year
God of hope,
Let us be grateful during this holy time of year.
Help us to show generosity and love
to those who have lost their loved ones and homes.
Help us to pray for those who are persecuted for their rights and faith
Guide them with your light, bring them out of their darkness.
Guide us to be men and women for others,
So that we may all celebrate and rejoice at the coming of Christ.
Help us to be faith-filled and hopeful for the futures of all our brothers and sisters worldwide.
Help us to support each other with our generosity.
O Loving God,
At this holy time of year,
we remember those who are facing hardships and ask you to fill them with strength and courage.
Let us live with humanity in our hearts.
Remind us about what we should be reflecting on
namely the true meaning of Christmas,
when we celebrate the Incarnation and are reminded that you loved us so much that you sent your only Son to die for us. (Jn 3:16).
Christ is our most treasured gift, and as the Light of the World he taught us to show compassion and generosity to others.
We are called to be faith-filled and hopeful;
men and women for others.
From stables to streets
O God of Love,
allow us not to only mark Christmas with feasting and celebration,
but to remember those who seek asylum as fellow humans;
to act upon your Word, to love you and our neighbours as ourselves. (Mk 12:30-31)
Should we be forced to migrate or become refugees, we would hope that our global family would cherish us as our own do.
Remind us, O God of Compassion,
of those who spend cold days alone
and exposed to the harsh weather
as your son and his family were,
from stables to the streets, deserts to stormy seas,
may we reflect your benevolence.
May we be active in our own will to nurture the young
and cherish all people of all races and creeds
as united children of Heaven on Earth.
Men and women for others
Help us to be eloquent with our words, wise with our actions and active with our faith.
May refugees around the world be protected by your mercy and may we be men and women for others.
Beacons of light
Lord of light,
We rejoice, celebrate and reflect on your birth.
Help us to be beacons of light, to be discerning this Christmas.
We pray for all refugees and remember our global family.
Share the joy
O loving God,
we ask you to look after
our vulnerable sisters and brothers this Christmas
and surround them with love and kindness at this time.
May we do our best to never tak
all the good things in our life for granted.
May we share the joy of the coming of Christ,
the Word becoming flesh and the light of the world with others. Amen.
In this season
in a season when every heart
should be happy and light,
many of us are struggling
with the heaviness of life's burdens.
Many disasters and tragedies
ruin the gift of joy that you give to us
Many go hungry, cold and lonely
over this period.
We ask that you give them strength
and courage to carry on
as Jesus did
even through harsh times.
Let us also remember
the true meaning of Christmas
and how your son was born to us,
died and rose again.
Help us to refocus our minds to be be
charitable, caring and giving
just like Jesus taught us.
The gift of Christ
God of hope,
help us to focus on you today,
remembering that the gift of Christ
is the most treasured gift.
We ask you to grant us peace.
Peace in our homes, peace in our churches,
and peace in our hearts,
when the world around us spins out of control.
Help us to stay focused on you, this Christmas and always.
Thank you for loving the whole world enough
to send the greatest gift, your son.
Help us to simplify our activities and traditions
so we can focus our celebration on your birth.
Thank you for being the Prince of Peace,
and we ask you for your peace to reign in our hearts.
Thank you for the simple but life-changing message
of your love for us.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.