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Advent 2012: Day

The angels proclaim the birth of Christ to the shepherds


Today's Text: Luke 2:8-14

Text: Luke 2:8-14

If you’re reading along with the SheReadsTruth community today – it’s here! It’s Christmas Day!

And what a fitting and thrilling portion of scripture to read with celebration and thanksgiving! The Comforter has come, the Promised One. Today is a day for worship!

And just as the choir of angels proclaimed the birth of Christ to the shepherds, let’s proclaim it together today. It is a day for singing, after all!

So, whether you’re alone or surrounded by friends or family, would you sing with us what the angels sang that day: Gloria in excelsis Deo (the Latin for “Glory to God in the highest”).

Angels We Have Heard On High
Verse 1
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Verse 2
Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song? Chorus
Verse 3
Come to Bethlehem and see
Him Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King. Chorus
Verse 4
See Him in a manger laid
Jesus Lord of heaven and earth;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our Savior’s birth. Chorus

Merry Christmas, precious friends. I want to leave you with a traditional prayer for Christmas day from The Book of Common Prayer (1789), a little old-school in its wording, but so rich and worshipful in truth. Pray it with us today?

A Christmas Prayer
Almighty God,
who hast given us thy only-begotten Son
to take our nature upon him
and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin:
Grant that we, being regenerate
and made thy children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit;
through the same our Lord Jesus Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with thee
and the same Spirit ever,
one God, world without end. Amen.

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  • Tahwahnah

    Merry Christmas to all. Our Lord has come! God has kept his word to all!

  • Merry Christmas, ladies! As each of you continue to grow in the grace & knowledge of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, I pray peace & blessings to you & your families during this wonderful holiday season! How this community has been a blessing to me!

  • Mirabelle

    Merry Xmas sisters.May your families be blessings to others.

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  • Ellen MR

    Greetings Ladies! I am moved this day by not only the miracle of our Lord’s birth, but that one day he would give his life for mine so I could have eternal life with my Father! How truly amazing a tiny babe born thousands of years ago would have such an intense, personal effect on ME!!? That God’s plan was thought out then, for NOW, and in the future also?!
    Thank you Heavenly Father for the birth of your Son! That he was born to give us Hope, Joy in our personal relationships with him, and the Beauty and Wonder of it all!! Thank you for bringing me closer to You, that I continue to grow and learn with your help and the help of all these wonderful insightful women! Wishing all of you Ladies everything that brings you peace and happiness , today and always! Glory and praise be to Jesus, I am so blessed! May it always be so, Amen!

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  • Jessica I

    Merry Christmas to you all!!! Thank you so much for your fellowship during this time of celebrating the birth of our Savior!!!

  • Merry Christmas to this wonderful community of believers! May God richly bless you and your families on this holy day. Jesus came to earth, as a man, to live among us, to die and shed his precious blood for the remission of our sins so that we can live forever with Him. Praise God!

  • Charliie

    Merry Christmas ! May your family be blessed and be filled with Joy during this celebration of our Lord and Savior Birthday! May this year be a very special one after taking time to learn and think about the coming of Our Christ! I love you all and wish you and your family a very blessed and joyous holiday season! I am forever thankful for this community! :)

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  • Cindi Lou

    Praise The Lord for Jesus Christ our Savior is born! Merry Christmas! God Bless! Peace & Love!

  • Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Merry Christmas! May your celebrations of worship bless the Heart of our God! Thanks to Jesus! Happy Birthday, Jesus! Jesus I Love You!

  • A blessed and Merry Christmas to all my sisters. May your day be filled with the joy of The Lord.

    • Sueso

      Merry Christmas …my hope is that we all went deeper and are ready to celebrate our Saviors birth in worship & song, making this one of the most meaningful Christmases ever!

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