The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Daily Devotions

Prayer of Preparation

Create in me a clean heart, O God
    and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence:
    and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation:
    and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Amen.

Psalm 51:10-12 (King James Version)

The Daily Readings from the Lectionary

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Introductory Hymn, or Psalm From The Daily Lectionary

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
The Lord is in His Holy Temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him.

Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be
world without end. Amen.

The Confession of Sin

The Holy Scriptures declare, that when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. The sacrifices of God are a broken and contrite heart. To the Lord belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against Him. Let us therefore confess our sins unto our Father, with sincere, humble, and obedient hearts, that we may obtain remission of the same by His infinite goodness and mercy.

Almighty and most merciful Father, unto whom all hearts are open, and all desires are known, all whose commandments are just, necessary, and good; we confess unto Thee that we have erred and strayed from Thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But enter not, we beseech Thee, into judgment with us; for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified. As Thou desirest not the death of a sinner, but that he may turn from his wickedness and live have mercy, O Lord, upon us offenders. Spare Thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are truly penitent, according to Thy gracious promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of Thy holy name, through Thy blessed Son, our Mediator and Redeemer.


Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

O Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, who of Thy great mercy hast promised forgiveness of sins to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto Thee; have mercy upon us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into the place of departed spirits; The third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Christian Church; The communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen.

Gloria In Excelsis

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will towards men.

We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory.

O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father, Almighty!
O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

That takest away the sins of the world,
    have mercy upon us.
Thou that takes away the sins of the world,
    have mercy upon us.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world,
    receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father,
    have mercy upon us.

For only Thou art holy; only Thou art Lord. Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Daily Readings from the Lectionary

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The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven; Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil; For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Hymn, or Psalm From The Daily Lectionary


The Lord bless thee and keep thee;
The Lord make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Amen.

Order and text from the Book of Worship (Philadelphia, PA: The United Lutheran Publication House, 1888, 1899), pp. 9-13, alt.

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