We give you praise for the routine of Christmas –
that the day comes the same as any other day.
We give you praise for light of your presence in the ordinary birth of the child.
We give you praise that modestly you are in the center of human affairs, involved in the struggle of life, and sharing human experience.
We give you praise that out of compassion you take our part, and open to us a new way of life. We pray that this day we shall be able to see its true glory.
(Contemporary Prayers for Public Worship. 1971)