Evergreen Blessings

Here are two prayers of blessing as congregations or individuals are decorating and lighting Christmas trees or other greenery.

They come from Augsburg Fortress' Sundays and Seasons and may not be used without permission.


LIGHTING THE CHRISTMAS TREE 1

Use this prayer when you first illumine the tree or when you gather at the tree.

God our Creator,

we praise you for this Christmas tree.

It is a sign of your everlasting, evergreen presence.

It is a sign of the reign of heaven,

sheltering the creatures of the earth under its open arms.

It is a sign of the cross,

shining with the light of your grace and mercy.

 

Gracious God, let your blessing come upon us as we illumine this tree.

Send us your Son, the tender shoot of Jesse, who brings us light and life.

 

May all who stand in its light eagerly welcome the true Light which never fades.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

From Come, Lord Jesus: Devotions for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany (Augsburg Fortress, 1996).

 

 

LIGHTING THE CHRISTMAS TREE 2

Use this prayer when you first illumine the tree or when you gather at the tree.

 

Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;

let the sea thunder and all that is in it;

let the field be joyful and all that is therein.

Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy

at your coming, O Lord,

for you come to judge the earth.

You will judge the world with righteousness

and the peoples with your truth. (Ps. 96:11-13)

 

Be praised, O God, for the blessings around us that point to you.

Be praised, O God, for the signs of this holy season that awaken in us wonder.

Praise for the steadfast green of this tree, like your love, enduring all seasons.

Praise for the light that illumines our darkness, like Christ, who brings light to the world.

Join our voices with those of the tree and of all creation, who sing at your coming:

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Amen


Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2014 Augsburg Fortress.