Welcome, welcome, Jesus Christ our infant saviour,
baby who makes every birth holy.
May we, who like the shepherds
have witnessed in the stable a new kind of love
return to our work with joy.
May we, for whom the heavens have opened
to proclaim that God is with us
we who have fed on the living bread
and drunk the wine of heaven,
go out to be instruments of your peace, day by day.
May Christ our infant saviour give you the joy of the Bethlehem shepherds, the awe of the worshipping sages and the humility and love of the holy family. May you become as little children and be filled with all joy and peace.
A New Zealand Prayer Book