Lord God of Life,
together with the beautiful traditions
of Christmas tree, carols and giving gifts,
this Christmas dinner is an important part
of our celebration of the birth
of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Come, Lord our God,
and surround our feast day table,
as we savour this coming together of family and friends.
As the angels rejoiced
at the birth of the Christ Child in Bethlehem,
so may we have joy in this meaningful meal.
May You, our God, bless it and us
in the name of Christ whose birth we celebrate.
– Hays, Edward, Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home (Kansas: Forest of Peace Books, 1979), 123. Found at http://www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/online-resources/Mealtime-Prayers.cfm