Prayer is a remarkable thing. It can give us comfort during a difficult time, it can help us look at the clear and bright side, and it can unquestionably bring us closer to God. And while it’s easy to get carried away with the chaos and in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, prayer can also help us concentrate on the true essence of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ.
Whether you favor saying your Christmas prayers before Christmas lunch, or before opening the presents or you would rather wait until everyone was sitting at the dinner table, these Christmas prayers will give you a moment to be grateful for God’s graces and blessings and the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for all mankind. They’re also an incredible way to teach the kids about the true meaning of Christmas, and that Santa Claus who’s carrying the gifts and Christmas wishes isn’t the only main figure on this special occasion.
Here are our favorite Christmas prayers to extend a bit of joy and love this holiday season.
- A Prayer to Remember What Christmas Is All About
- A Prayer for Christmas Eve
- Holy Season
- Christmas Poem
- Christmas Prayer of Pope John XXIII
- Now the Work of Christmas Begins
- Christmas Prayer of Thanksgiving
- Christmas Season Prayer
- Nativity Prayer of St. Bernard of Clairvaux
- Sarum Rite Dawn Christmas Mass Prayer
- Blessings at Christmas
- Prayer For Christmas Day
A Prayer to Remember What Christmas Is All About
Lord, we thank You for coming here to rescue us, to redeem us, to bring us to Your Kingdom. You have done everything to save us, and this is enough reason for us to celebrate, shout, and cry with thankfulness. You love us so much, and we are so thankful for that love. Without You, we’ll still be lost and in sin.
You’ve done everything for us and today, we’re full of blessings, we have the freedom and we have a home. You are our home. We will be forever thankful to You for everything You did to save us! I pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen.
A Prayer for Christmas Eve
May you be filled with the miracle of Mary, the reverence of Joseph, the cheer of the angels, the excitement of the shepherds, the self-confidence of the magi, and the accord of the Christ child. Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever.
“Lord, in this holy season of prayer and song and laughter, we praise you for the great wonders you have sent us: for shining star and angel’s song, for infant’s cry in lowly manger. We praise you for the Word made flesh in a little Child. We behold his glory, and are bathed in its radiance. Be with us as we sing the ironies of Christmas, the incomprehensible comprehended, the poetry made hard fact, the helpless Babe who cracks the world asunder. We kneel before you shepherds, innkeepers, wisemen. Help us to rise bigger than we are. Amen.” — Traditional Catholic Prayer
“Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child, make thee a bed, soft, undefiled, within my heart, that it may be a quiet chamber kept for Thee. My heart for very joy doth leap, my lips no more can silence keep, I too must sing, with joyful tongue, that sweetest ancient song. Glory to God in highest heaven, who unto man His Son hath given, while angels sing with pious mirth, a glad new year to all the earth! Amen.” — Martin Luther
Christmas Prayer of Pope John XXIII
“O sweet Child of Bethlehem, Grant that we may share with all our hearts in this profound mystery of Christmas. Put into the hearts of men and women this peace for which they sometimes seek so desperately and which you alone can give to them. Help them to know one another better, and to live as brothers and sisters, children of the same Father. Reveal to them also your beauty, holiness, and purity. Awaken in their hearts love and gratitude for your infinite goodness. Join them all together in your love. And give us your heavenly peace. Amen.” — Pope John XXIII
Now the Work of Christmas Begins
“When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with the flocks, then the work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, to heal those broken in spirit, to feed the hungry, to release the oppressed, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among all peoples, to make a little music with the heart. And to radiate the Light of Christ, every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say. Then the work of Christmas begins.” — Howard Thurman
Christmas Prayer of Thanksgiving
Dear God, Thank You for sending the only-begotten and eternal Son of Your love, the Lord Jesus Christ, to be born as a small baby in such humble and modest conditions, so that the fallen race of mankind could be reclaimed from their sin and be made sons and daughters of the Highest God, through faith in His name.
How I bless Your holy name for all the mercy and loving-kindness that You have granted to me and to all the fallen races of humanity. Thank You that Jesus set aside His greatness to be trimmed in human flesh so that in the wholeness of time, those that trust in His name might be made Your sons and daughters and joint-heirs with Christ Himself.
Thank You, You never gave up on mankind but have granted us to achieve companionship with Yourself, simply by grace through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord. Give all of us, I pray for the light of Your love in our hearts this Christmas time and the moment to tell the good news of the gospel of Christ to those that are ceasing. Draw many into Your kingdom I pray, so that Your name may be glorified and to You be all the glory and honor and glory and thanks, for You alone are worthwhile. Amen.
Christmas Season Prayer
Dear Lord, Don’t let us forget You this Christmas season. Help us to make it easier for our ventures, habits, and traditions, so we can concentrate our celebration on Your birth. Thank You for being the Prince of Peace, and I ask You for that miraculous peace to reign in our hearts. Thank You for the smooth but life-changing message of Your love for us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Nativity Prayer of St. Bernard of Clairvaux
“Let Your goodness Lord appear to us, that we made in your image, conform ourselves to it. In our own strength we cannot imitate Your majesty, power, and wonder nor is it fitting for us to try. But Your mercy reaches from the heavens through the clouds to the earth below. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of eternal love. Caress us with Your tiny hands, embrace us with Your tiny arms and pierce our hearts with Your soft, sweet cries. Amen.” — St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Sarum Rite Dawn Christmas Mass Prayer
“Almighty God, who has poured upon us the new light of your Incarnate Word; Grant that the same light enkindled in our hearts may shine forth in our lives through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” — 1979 Book of Common Prayer
Blessings at Christmas
May the grace of delight abide within you; May the blessing of accord rest upon you; May the blessing of love flow out through you; May all the graces of the Lord be yours at Christmas and in the new year
Prayer For Christmas Day
Lord Jesus, we lift our voices of prayer and songs of praise today as we think especially of Your birth on that first Christmas morning. Lord, many people today will be celebrating and revering Christmas Day with meager or no understanding that in coming to earth in the form of a man, You came to die so that all who believe in Your name might be saved from their sins and have life, and have it more generously.
As the story of the shepherds and the wise men are sung about in carols and performed in classrooms, and as television programmers once again commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ two thousand years ago, we pray that Your Holy Spirit will attain the hearts of many who have dismissed the truth of Christmas as a nice little story.
Bring many we pray, to see Christmas in a new light this year, and may they come to a perception of the real purpose of Your birth at Bethlehem, so that they may see the Christmas story this year in all its magnificent beauty. May Your holy name be lifted and may Jesus Christ be exalted this Christmas for You alone earn all honor and glory. In Jesus’ name we pray,