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Christmas 2021. Christmas Eve Gospel, December 24

Christmas 2021. Christmas Eve Gospel, December 24

The Christmas Eve table – in addition to the traditional dishes that have their own meaning – also has other Christmas symbols. It should have a white tablecloth, scales, straw – symbolizing poverty, as well as the Holy Bible. Holidays that are full of complexity are neither fun nor comfortable.

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According to the rules, initially the whole family gathers at the Christmas table, creating the sign of the cross and saying the words, “Father, and in the name of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Then there is a prayer – the participants of the dinner say “Our Father”, “Greetings to Mary” and “Glory to the Father”.

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Then, the younger participant, or rather – the head of the family, reads an excerpt from the Gospel of St. Luke about the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 2: 1-14). This section reads as follows:

At that time, Caesar Augustus ordered a nationwide census. This first census took place when Guirinius was governor of Syria. So everyone went to register, and everyone went to his own city. Joseph also went from Galilee to Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he came from David’s house and family, and registered his wife Mary. While they were there, it was time for Mary to give birth. She gave birth to her first son, and since there was no room for them in the inn, she wrapped him in cloth and laid him in a manger. There were shepherds in the field in the same area, guarding their flock at night. And the angel of the LORD stood by them, and the glory of the LORD shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! I declare to you a great joy which the whole nation will share: a Savior was born to you today in the city of David, and he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in a broom and lying in a manger. “Suddenly the multitude of the heavenly hosts joined with the angel, and glorified God.” And peace to those who are happy on earth.

After reading, participants say the words “thank God” and then share scales and greet each other.

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