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Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012, 10:00 p.m.

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Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012, 10:00 p.m.


Trinity's logo of heart, hands and cross.
 Trinity Anglican Church

1230 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario   K1S 3Y3



Priest: The Reverend Andrea Thomas

Director of Music: Victoria Scott

Organ Scholar: Kilby Baron

Duty Warden: Heather Maclachlan





Christmas Eve

December 24th, 2012

10:00 p.m. Candlelit Choral Eucharist


The choir will sing a selection of carols before the Service,

beginning at 9:40 p.m.


Organ Prelude

Opening Hymn:   O Come, All Ye Faithful    (vs. 1-4,5a)                                                               #118

Celebrant: Jesus is born to change our darkness to light;

People:    the light from the stable has become the Light

                of the World.

Celebrant: Jesus is born to change our sadness to joy;

People:    the joy of the shepherd still echoes down the years.

Celebrant: Jesus is born to give hope to the oppressed;

People:    God’s love within a persecuted family inspires us.

Celebrant: Jesus is born!

People:    And we rejoice that on this night of all nights,

                we can come and worship!

Gloria       Glory to God                                           see insert

Celebrant: Eternal God,

People:    this holy night is radiant with the brilliance of your one true light.  As we have known the revelation of that light on earth, bring us to see the splendor of your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


The First Reading:  Isaiah 62:6-12                                            (O.T. page 693)         

Psalm   97         (sung by the choir)                                                 page 835

The Second Reading: Titus 3:4-7                                   (N.T. page 215)

Gradual Hymn: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing                             #138

Gospel Acclamation                                                                 see insert

Celebrant:   The Lord be with you.

People:          And also with you.

Celebrant:   The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,

                    according  to  Luke 2:1-20                                     (N.T. page 58)

People:      Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ…                                                 

Celebrant:    The Gospel of Christ.

People:          Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


We Respond To God’s Word


Homily:          The Reverend Andrea Thomas

Prayers of the People

Leader:   Brothers and sisters, on this most holy night of our Lord’s birth, let us pray for ourselves and all those in need of our prayers.  For the needs of the whole Church that we name silently or aloud (silence).  For John our bishop, for all bishops, for Andrea, our Priest, for all the clergy and people.

People:  For the church of Christ, that it may faithfully proclaim the good news of salvation and may care for the needs of God’s people.

Leader:   For peace in our troubled world, that the darkness of war and injustice may be replaced by the light of peace and love, we pray to you, O Lord.

People:  For all those in need of our prayers: the homeless; the unem­ployed; the hungry; those who are hospitalized; those who are imprisoned in body or soul; and all those for whom this season is one not of joy but of trial and sadness, we pray to you, O Lord.

Leader:   Within our Parish we pray for the sick and the suffering, especially (insert names), and for those we name silently or aloud (silence). For the sick, that their illnesses may be turned into health and their sorrow into rejoicing, we pray to you, O Lord.

People:  For those who labour this night on behalf of others: doctors and nurses, police officers and firefighters, emergency shelter workers, and all those whose work prevents them from sharing this evening with those they love, we pray to you, O Lord.

Leader:   We remember those who have died, especially those named in the flower list and for those we name silently or aloud (silence).  Give them eternal rest.

People:  In thanksgiving we remember the lives of those who have gone before us in the faith. That we, like them, may remain faithful to the end and live forever in the light of your eternal glory, we pray to you, O Lord.

Leader:   Mighty God, mercifully hear the prayers of the people you have chosen as your own.

People:  Give us zeal in our ministries and joy in our work, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Confession and Absolution                                                       page 191

The Exchange of the Peace                                                     page 192

We Celebrate The Presence of Jesus


Offertory Hymn:  While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks                    #136

Prayer of Offering and Thanksgiving:  Forever God. Thank you for Jesus, Your Christmas gift to us. Help us to be like the shepherds; Help us to see a new kind of love in the birth of Jesus, your Son; And help us to show that love to our friends, to everyone we meet and in everything we do. We ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer #       3                                                                    p. 198

Sanctus                                                                                  see insert

Amen                                                                                     see insert

The Lord’s Prayer                                                                          p. 211

The Breaking of the Bread, sentence 6                                          p. 213

Agnus Dei                                                                                       #701

The Communion

Communion Hymns:   O Little Town of Bethlehem                       #120

                                 Away in a Manger                                        #126

Anthem:  Hodie! Christus Natus Est

Prayer After Communion:                                                        page 274

Doxology and Blessing

Recessional Hymn: Silent Night                                                    #119


Organ Postlude


Sharing in the Ministry of Our Parish Today


Greeter:                         Carmen Christian                                

Readers:                        Joanne McCracken and Trevor Heavens

Intercessions:                 Heather Maclachlan

Lay Administrators:        Carmen Christian and Brenda Small

Altar Guild:                     Mary Wilson, Belma Hull,

                                             Beulah Rumbolt and Simon McInnes





VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO ASSIST WITH HOSTING AN OUT OF THE COLD DINNER ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 19th, 2013 at Southminster United Church. Volunteers will be needed between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. to: set -up, serve, host, register and clean-up.  A sign-up sheet listing all volunteer opportunities is  posted in Bender Hall.  Please consider joining us again or for the first time. Judy Richardson (613-730-7482).









Christmas Flower Memorials 2012



Dorothy Cowan

Tom and Millie Cowan

Greta Stollery

Rhona Neuman

Clayton Hull

William and Lula Hull

William and Mary Karam

Athol and Margaret Kenney

Natasha Karam

Edward and Edna Fowler

Herbert and Emily Johnston                              

D’Arcy and Lily Lamb

Lillian Lamb

Valena Lamb

Owen and Kay Cherry

Megan Humphries

Helen Ready

Eric and Grace Halliburton                                

Reginald and Mary Richardson

Michael Ivanochko

Mr. and Mrs. T.R. Smith                                    

Gordon and Lena Jackman

Barbara Parent

Madeline Holmes

Mary and Burton Pearson

Bill Pearson

Alix Lambert

Barbara Ridsdale

Audrey Miller

Shianne Simpson

Eric Thomas

Mary Ann and Wasile Tiniuk

Margaret and Peter Taylor

Mary Elizabeth and G. Patrick Simpson

John Taylor

Sydney and Jean McCracken

André Khordoc

William, Marjorie and Sheila FitzGerald

Beryl and Shirley Christian

William Thomas Corbett

Spencer Silverman

Enid Herbert

Jack and Edith Addison

John and Linda Connor

Ferdinand, Violet and David Earle

Calvin Squires

Erlingur Eggertson

Matos Branco Family

Pereira da Rosa Family

Arthur Hill

Olive and Frank Buffett

Jean Adamson

Georgette and Gaston Ouellet

James and Irene Cheeseman

Douglas L. Clark