FIRST we’d like wish all our loyal readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Second, we want to thank the growing band of those of you supporting the site. We are truly grateful for your generosity and for your endorsement. We at The Conservative Woman depend on both.

Third, as many of you will have followed, this month we’ve been publishing the carol choice (with accompanying historical or explanatory note) of TCW’s sub-editor, Margaret Ashworth. Today, for ease of retrieval so that you can sing along to your heart’s content, we offer this selection in one blog.

Finally, for those of you who for whatever reason won’t be going to church today, or cannot find one where the traditional liturgy is performed, here is the Christmas Day Collect from the Book of Common Prayer which I remember my clergyman father delivering every Christmas Day throughout my childhood – a simple prayer to end on that I find wonderful (and comforting) to this day and hope you will too:

Almighty God, who hast given us thine only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin: Grant that we, being regenerate and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

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