St Mary and St Anne Moseley
Order for the Eucharist at Christmas
Welcome to our service
We come here to offer worship and prayer to God, to be fed by word and sacrament through our Lord Jesus Christ, and to build one another up in our Christian life and faith.
The celebration of Christ's incarnation at Christmas is one of the two poles of the Christian year. The feast focuses upon the wonderful mystery of God's dwelling among us as Emmanuel - God with us - being born of Mary and participating in the fullness of our humanity, as foretold by the prophets.
Christmas, however, is much more then than simply the celebration of Jesus' birth, The task of the Christmas liturgy is to recall us from all the joyful customs and celebrations of Christmas to this central truth of the Word made flesh for our salvation.
The Christmas season is celebrated for twelve days ending at Epiphany. Contemporary thought has sought to express an alternative tradition in which Christmas lasts for a full forty days ending with the Feast of the Presentation on February 2nd. The festival also remembers saints and martyrs:
- Stephen, whose feast day falls upon December 27th, who paid with his life for following the incarnate Lord;
- St John the Apostle (also December 27th) who was believed to have lived to a great age in profound meditation on the Word made flesh;
- the Holy innocents (December 28th), who draw our attention to the plight of children in a world where the implications of the birth of the Christ-child are not yet manifest and, finally,
- Thomas a Becket who died in Canterbury Cathedral on December 29th, 1170.
Before the service use the time to be still and silent; to pray and to offer your life to God.
Immediately prior to the start of the service notices are given and a period of silence is held to prepare for worship.