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Christmas Eve Service


1230 Bank St. Ottawa  ON  K1S 3Y3

613-733-7536   |   |    @OttawaTrinity

Rev. Arran’s email:

Fabien’s email:

The Rev. Arran Thorpe

Director of Music: Fabien Tousignant

Service sung by: Trinity Anglican Church Choir

Worshipping God as disciples of Jesus;

showing love to our neighbours near and far.

Christmas Eve Service

Dec. 24th, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Candlelight Service with Choir

Prelude Music:

Adam lay Ybounden – Boris Ord

Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen – Praetorius/Donald Cashmore

Lully, Lulla, Lullay – Philip Stopford

In the Bleak Midwinter – Harold Darke

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree – Elizabeth Poston


The churches of our Diocese stand on the traditional territories of the Algonquin and Mohawk Nations. May we dwell on these lands always with respect and peace. 

Opening Hymn: O Come, All Ye Faithful                                               #118

1. O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem; come and behold him, born the King of angels; [Refrain] 3. Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation, sing, all ye citizens of heaven above; glory to God, glory in the highest: [Refrain]
Refrain:  O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
2. God of God, Light of Light, lo, he abhors not the virgin’s womb; very God, begotten not created: [Refrain]  

Leader: Holy God, you promise that love is stronger than hate; that hope is stronger than fear; that joy is stronger than sorrow; that life is stronger than death.

Light five candles.

People: God of life, help us to trust your promise. Forgive us when we deny life to ourselves, to our neighbours, and to creation. Heal our brokenness and prepare us to live in Christ’s kingdom.

God forgives you.

Forgive others; forgive yourself.

Take hold of this forgiveness and enter into the life of Christ.

Lord Jesus, come soon.

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.

Gloria (Congregation lights their candles)                                      Hymn #686

Kyrie eleison (sung together)

Christe eleison (sung by choir)

Kyrie eleison (sung together)

We Listen to God’s Word

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

Psalm: 97                                                                                    (page 835  )

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

Gradual Hymn: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks                      #136

1. While shepherds watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground, the angel of the Lord came down and glory shone around. 4. “the heavenly babe you there shall find to human view displayed, all meanly wrapped in swathing bands, and in a manger laid.”
2. “Fear not,” said he, for mighty dread had seized their troubled mind; “Glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and humankind. 5. Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith appeared a shining throng of angels praising God, who thus addressed their joyful song:
3. “To you, in David’s town, this day is born of David’s line a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord; and this shall be the sign: 6. “All glory be to God on high and on earth be peace; good will henceforth from heaven to me begin and never cease.”

Gospel Acclamation (sung together)   

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 (sung together)

Celebrant:        The Gospel of Christ.

People:           Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. (sung together)


Apostles Creed

We Respond To God’s Word

Prayers of the People (adapted from Susan Sayers)

The Word of God is made flesh in the birth of Jesus we see God expressed in human terms.

Leader: As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Word of God, let us pray with thankful hearts for the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ our Saviour. We pray for Fred, our Primate, Anne, our Metropolitan, John, our Bishop, and Michael Bird, our assisting Bishop. For Arran, our priest and for all clergy and people and their ministries in the Diocese of Ottawa.

People: People: The bells and lights and presents and decorations in church and in our homes express our thanks to you, Lord, for coming into the world in  (Silence)

Leader: On this Christmas Day we want to say:

People: Thank you, holy God!

Leader: The world Jesus was born into was the world we know. Thank you for being prepared to face the dangers and risks of human mistakes and sin in order to save us. (Silence)

Leader: On this Christmas Day we want to say:

People: Thank you, holy God!

Leader: Many of us will be celebrating with our families and friends. We invite you to join us in all the festivities, and ask you to teach us true loving. (Silence)

Leader: On this Christmas Day we want to say:

People: Thank you, holy God!

Leader: We remember those who find Christmas a sad or lonely season; we remember those for whom it brings to the surface memories, anxieties or dangers. Through good and difficult times you are always with us. At this time we pray for (insert names) and those whom we name silently and aloud. (Silence)

Leader: On this Christmas Day we want to say:

People: Thank you, holy God!

Leader: : We remember those whose loved ones have died, and all those who have finished with earthly celebrations. May they celebrate with you and all the angels of heaven. At this time we pray for (insert names) and those whom we name silently and aloud. (Silence)

Leader: On this Christmas Day we want to say:

People: Thank you, holy God!

Leader: For all the many blessings of this past year and for all the good that you have enabled us to do; for the experiences that have taught us humility and patience, we thank you. (Silence)

Leader: On this Christmas Day we want to say:

People: Thank you, holy God

Leader: Merciful God,

People: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Exchange of the Peace                                                               page 192

We Celebrate The Presence of Jesus

Offertory Hymn:  The First Nowell                                                        #139

1. The first Nowell the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay, in fields as they lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter’s night that was so deep. [Ref] 4. This star drew nigh to the northwest, o’er Bethlehem it took its rest, and there it did both stop and stay right over the place where Jesus lay. [Refrain]
Refrain: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell Born is the King of Israel!
2. They looked up and saw a star shining in the east beyond them far, and to the earth it gave great light, and so it continued both day and night. [Refrain] 5. Then entered in those wise men three, full reverently upon their knee, and offered there in his presence their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense. [Refrain]
3.  And by the light of that same star three wise men came from country far; to seek for a king was their intent, and to follow the star wherever it went. [Refrain] 6. Then let us all with one accord sing praises to our heavenly Lord, who has made heaven and earth of nought, and with his blood salvation bought. [Refrain]

Prayer of Offering and Thanksgiving: 

God of glory,
your splendor shines from a manger in Bethlehem,
where the Light of the world is humbly born
into the darkness of human night.
Open our eyes to Christ’s presence in the shadows of our world,
so that we, like him, may become beacons of your justice,
and defenders of all for whom there is no room. Amen.


Eucharistic Prayer                                                                              

The Lord’s Prayer                                                                                  p. 211

The Breaking of the Bread                                                                     p. 287

Agnus Dei from Communion Service in E by Harold Darke  

The Communion

Silent Night arr. Mark Hayes sung by soprano Stephanie Piercey Beames

Anthem: Il est né le divin enfant arrangement by Paul Halley

Prayer After Communion:

Radiant God,with our eyes we have seen your salvation,

and in this meal we have feasted on your grace.

May your Word take flesh in us,

so that we may be your holy people,

revealing your glory made known to us

in Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (adapted)

Doxology and Blessing

Recessional Hymn: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing                               #138

1. Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King, peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.” Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies; with the angelic hosts proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!” 3. Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail, the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings, mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die, born to raise each child of earth, born to give us second birth. [Refrain]
Refrain: Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.”
2. Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ, the everlasting Lord; late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail, the incarnate Deity, pleased as one of us to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel! [Refrain]  


Postlude: Toccata from Organ Symphony No.5 by Charles-Marie Widor

Sharing in the Ministry of our Parish Today

Readers: Aditi Magdalena and Hildegard Nicol

Intercessions: Joanne McCracken

Lay Administration: Doreen Barnes and Hildegard Nicol 

Altar Guild: Brenda Small, Joanne McCracken and Sue Taylor


OFFICE HOURS: Please note that the church office will be closed for the holidays after December 20th and will reopen Friday January 3rd. The phone messages will be monitored over the holidays.

A MESSAGE ABOUT YOUR DONATIONS: Thank you for your generosity both in the Advent special appeal and throughout the year.  We know that many of you traditionally give an additional donation to the church act the year’s end and of course such donations are welcomed and put to good use. We remind you that to receive a tax receipt for 2019 donations must be received by December 31. Several methods of donating are now in use. In the New Year we will be looking at a simpler method for you and for our treasurers.  If you use envelopes now please see Sue Taylor so we can update our list and explain some changes.

CHURCH CALENDARS are available for sale. The Calendars are $5.00 each. Please contact Mary Wilson at 613-521-7788 if you are interested in purchasing a calendar.

MUSIC AT TRINITY: Join us on January 18th 2020 at 4:30pm for our next Music at Trinity concert featuring the Ottawa Guitar Trio.  They will perform selections from the classical, film and video game repertoire arranged for a trio of classical guitar.  Freewill offering.

This Week at Trinity

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019                                            

10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.   CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.   CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

Friday, December 27th, 2019                                                                                                             

10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.   CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

Sunday, December 29th, 2019-First Sunday After Christmas

Readings: Psalm 148, Isaiah 63:7-9, Matthew 2:13-23

Regular office hours will resume on Friday, January 3rd.  Merry Christmas!


Clayton Hull William and Lula Hull   Belma Hull
William and Mary Karam Athol and Margaret Kenney Natasha Karam Linda Karam   Pat and Margo Kenney
Edward and Edna Fowler Herbert and Emily Johnston D’Arcy and Lily Lamb Lillian & William Lamb Valena Lamb Marian and Floyd Fetterly Bonnie Corbin Beverly Paterson   Richard and Jacqueline Johnston
Rev. Canon R.S.V. Crossley and
Mrs. Elva Crossley  
Patricia Crossley
Kay and Owen Cherry Megan Humphries Helen Ready Marilyn Swim Nancy Cherry Tony Leah   Susan Cherry
Eric and Grace Halliburton Mary and Reginald Richardson Donna Manwieler   Judy Richardson and David Halliburton
Jean and Sydney McCracken André Khordoc Joanne McCracken
Gail Fawcett George Sherman Elizabeth Riddell Jake Garnett Richard Hooker Ruth Cochrane
  Ailsa Gladish Herb Gladish Lois Mcdonald Louise and William Gladish Roslyn Watson Deborah Gladish     Gladish Family
Christopher Adams Rathwell Zackariah James Rathwell Garnet Edmond Timm   Ruth Rathwell
Mary Ann and Wasile Tiniuk Margaret and Peter Taylor Patrick and Mary Simpson John and Florence Taylor Janette Taylor   Robert and Susan Taylor
Beryl, Shirley, and Gloria Christian   Carmen Christian
William Thomas Corbett   Eleanor Corbett
Arthur and Violet Winship   Alan Winship
Spencer Silverman The Patterson Family   Yvonne Silverman
Peter and Enid Maclachlan Lynn Hrab Maclachlan   Heather Maclachlan
Erlingur Eggertson Donna Eggertson Bruce Barnett Cowan Laura and Amber Eggertson
Dr. and Mrs Matos Branco V. Peseiro-Da-Rosa   Fatima DaRosa
Georgette, Gaston, and Isabelle Ouellet Paule Ouellet
  Sheila, Marjorie, and William Fitzgerald     Nancy and Doug Crosbie
Gordon Asher Susan Asher-Hiebsch   Evelyn Asher
Jack and Edith Addison John and Linda Connor Stacey Jordan-Connor   Connor-Gorber Family
Jim Robb Kenneth Bush   Carrol Robb
Geraldine, Rachel, and Elvira Roundhead   Miranda Eggertson
Ferdinand, Violet, and David Earle Calvert Squires Paul Ennis Olga Barnes Ollie Brazzill   Linda Bowering
Irene and James Cheeseman   Brenda and Wayne Cheeseman
Beverley and Douglas Clark Kolleen Blair Clark Julie McIntyre   Lindsay Whillans
Harold and Enid Herbert   Judy Chamberland
Arthur Hill & Jennie Hill   Mary Hill
Lyle and Betty Sheldrick   Lorna Feehan
Chelsey J. Rumbolt Chelsey W. Rumbolt   Beulah Rumbolt
Barbara Parent Madeline Holmes Mary and Burton Pearson Alex Lambert Barbara Risdale Penny Coté Joan Judd Jean Stuart   Chris Garnett
Betty and Michael Barrow Ruth Anderson Roy Clarke Marion Clarke Philip Dunsworth   Sally Clarke and Family
Audrey Mills Heather and Archie McCurdy Ian McCurdy   Marty McCurdy
The flowers on the Altar have been arranged and
provided at cost by Alta Vista Flowers.