Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Sacred Heart

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Join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Everyone is welcome to join us for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby. This is the music we will be singing:
Christmas Eve Mass, 9pm (with carol singing from 8.45pm)
Before Mass:
134 On Christmas night all Christians sing
144 In the bleak midwinter
135 It came upon the midnight clear
153 Ding dong merrily on high
Gathering song: 159 O come all ye faithful
Penitential Rite: 522 Storrington
Gloria: 532 Storrington
Psalm: Today a Saviour is born to us, he is Christ the Lord
Gospel acclamation: Celtic. Cantor: I bring you news of great joy, Today a Saviour is born. He is Christ the Lord. Alleluia!
Gifts: 152 Unto us is born a Son
Holy, Holy: 584 Storrington
Memorial Acclamation: 585 Storrington
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion:
O Little town of Bethlehem
1. O Little town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie.
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
2. O sad and troubled Bethlehem we hear your longing cry
For peace and justice to be born and cruel oppression die.
How deep your need for that great gift of love in human form,
Let Christ in you be seen again and hearts by hope made warm.
3. While morning stars and evening stars shine out in your dark sky,
despair now stalks your troubled streets where innocents still die.
And Jesus child of Mary, whose love will never cease,
Feels even now your pain and fear, longs with you for your peace.
4. Amazingly and lovingly Jesus, the child has come
and brought to birth through human pain, makes broken hearts his home.
He comes to comfort all who weep, to challenge every wrong
And living with the weak and poor, becomes their hope, their song.
Night of Silence
1. Cold are the people, winter of life,
We tremble in shadows this cold endless night,
Frozen in the snow lie roses sleeping,
Flowers that will echo the sunrise,
Fire of hope is our only warmth,
Weary, its flame will be dying soon.
2. Voice in the distance, call in the night,
On wind you enfold us, you speak of the light,
Gentle on the ear you whisper softly,
Rumours of a dawn so embracing,
Breathless love awaits darkened souls,
Soon will we know of the morning.
3. Spirit among us, shine like the star,
Your light that guides shepherds and kings from afar,
Shimmer in the sky so empty, lonely,
Rising in the warmth of your Son’s love,
Star unknowing of night and day,
Spirit we wait for your loving Son.
136 Silent Night
155 Hark the Herald

Mary and Joseph kneel at the crib of the infant Christ in this detail of an icon from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The Dec. 25 Christmas feast commemorates the birth of Christ. The Christmas season begins with the Dec. 24 evening vigil and ends on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Jan. 13 in 2008. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill) (Nov. 27, 2007)

Christmas Day Mass (9.30am)
Gathering song:
R/. Come and join the celebration,
It’s a very special day.
Come and share our jubilation;
There’s a new King born today.
1. See the shepherds hurry down to Bethlehem
Gaze in wonder, at the Son of God who lay before them R/…
2. Wise men journey, led to worship by a star.
Kneel in homage, bringing precious gifts from lands afar. So … R/.
3. God is with us, round the world his message bring.
He is with us. Welcome! All the bells on earth are pealing. R/…..
Penitential Rite: 522 Storrington Mass
Spoken verses and sung response – repeat after the cantor
Glory to God: 532 Storrington Mass
Psalm 95: sung. R/. Today a Saviour is born to us. He is Christ the Lord
Gospel Acclamation: Celtic . Cantor: I bring you news of great joy, Today a Saviour is born. He is Christ the Lord. Alleluia!
Preparation of the gifts: 137 Away in a manger (first verse children only)
Holy, Holy: 584 Storrington Mass
Memorial acclamation: 585 Storrington Mass
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion:
Raise a song of gladness, peoples of the earth.
Christ has come bringing peace, joy to every heart.
Alleluia, alleluia! Joy to every heart.
Alleluia, alleluia! Joy to every heart.
Like a Candle Flame
Like a candle flame, flick’ring small in our darkness.
Uncreated light shines through human eyes.
Chorus: God is with us, alleluia, come to save us alleluia, alleluia!
Stars and angels sing, yet the earth sleeps in shadows; can this tiny spark set a world on fire? Chorus
Yet his light shall shine from our lives, Spirit blazing, as we touch the flame of his holy fire. Chorus
128 Once in Royal David’s City
(verse 1 solo, 2nd verse all, 3rd verse women, 4th verse men)
Closing song: 156 Joy to the World

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