Church of Our Lady of Refuge ,Rathmines

Sunday 17th December 2017

Entrance: WHEN HOPE CAME DOWN


So this is how it was, a silent night like any other

When heaven sent the one, the one that we will call our Saviour

And redemption began in a stable in Bethlehem


Ch: All of the angels lifted up their voices

And filled the night with Halleluiahs

God is with us now

Everyone come and join the heavenly chorus

Our Saviour King is here before us

All to hear the sound, the song creation sang

When hope came down


So this was truly God, wrapped up in a tattered blanket

Love was finally here, sleeping while the world awakens

And redemption began with a baby in Bethlehem

Chorus


So let us sing redemption song

Let us worship Christ the holy one

We were lost but we were found

When hope came down

Chorus


Psalm: Light of the Stable


Hail, hail to the new born King

Let our voices sing Him our praises

Hail, hail to the guiding light

That brought us tonight to our Saviour


Ch: Alle, Alleluia [x4]



Come now where it shines so bright

To the glowing light of the stable

Kneel close to the child so dear

Cast aside your fears and be thankful

Offertory: CHRISTMAS MUST BE TONIGHT


Come down to the manger, see the little stranger

Wrapped in swaddling clothes, the Prince of Peace

The wheels start turning, torches start burning

And the three wise men turn in from the East


Chorus: How a little baby boy brought the people so much joy, Son of a carpenter, Mary carried the light, This must be Christmas, must be tonight


A shepherd on a hillside, where over my flock I bide

On a cold winter night, a band of angels sing

And I dreamed I heard a voice, saying fear not, come rejoice

It's the end of the beginning, praise the new born king

Chorus


I saw it with my own eyes, written up in the skies

But why a simple herdsman such as I

And then it came to pass, that he was born at last

Right below the star that shines on high

Chorus




Acclamation: GAUDETE


Gaudete, gaudete Christus est natus

Ex Maria Virginae, gaudete



Communion: SILENT NIGHT


Silent night, Holy night

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child

Holy infant so tender and mild

Sleep in Heavenly peace

Sleep in Heavenly peace


Silent night, Holy night

Shepherds quake at the sight

Glories stream from Heaven afar

Heavenly Hosts sing Alleluia

Christ the Saviour is born

Christ the Saviour is born


Silent night, Holy night

Son of Gold love's pure light

Radiant beams from thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus Lord at thy birth

Jesus Lord at thy birth






We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year





Reflection:


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 their flock,

The work of Christmas begins:


To find the lost,

To heal the broken,

To feed the hungry,

To release the prisoner,

To rebuild the nations,

To bring peace among people

To make music in the heart





Recessional: DO YOU HEAR

Do you hear what I hear (what I hear) (what I hear)

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy

Do you hear what I hear (do you hear what I hear)

Moving through the night, shepherd boy

Do you hear what I hear (do you hear what I hear)

A song, a song, high above the tree

With a voice as big as the sea, With a voice as big as the sea


Now said the shepherd boy to the mighty king

Do you know what I know (do you know what I know)

In your palace warm, mighty King

Do you know what I know (do you know what I know)

A child, a child shivers in the cold

Let us bring Him silver and gold, Let us bring Him silver and gold


Said the king to the people everywhere

Listen to what I saw (listen to what I say)

For peace and people everywhere

Listen to what I say (listen to what I say)

A child, a child sleeping in the night

He will bring us through darkness to light, He will bring us through darkness to light


Do you hear what I hear (do you hear what I hear), (do you hear what I hear) [x4]