O God, whose angels sang not to kings but to Mary and the shepherds, give us grace to hear the good news of the Savior’s birth and the great joy of a dawning age. Preserve all children in peace this night, keep them safe from harm, blunt the swords of tyrants, and turn the hearts of the violent to Jesus Christ your Peace. Amen.
For those overcome by war, violence, and degradation Peace be with them
For those overwhelmed by fear, illness, and desperation Peace be with them
For those who work at the centers of power and those who live on the margins Peace be with them
For those oppressed by sin and those set free by praise Peace be with them
For our friends and all who warm us with love Peace be with them
For our enemies and all possessed by envy, rage, and hatred Peace be with them
For those blessed as they mourn or die Peace be with them
For those blessed to comfort others and live Peace be with them
O God, you bring peace to all children through your Holy Child; as the baby of Bethlehem slept peacefully in the arms of Mary his mother, may all of your children sleep safe in your arms this night. Amen.