From the Celtic Daily Prayer Book
This night is the eve of the great nativity
when those who are longing await His appearing.
Wait, with a watchful heart.
Listen carefully, through the stillness;
listen, hear the telling of the waves upon the shore.
Listen, hear the song of the angels glorious–
e’re long it will be heard
that His foot has reached the earth:
news–that the glory is come!
Truly His salvation is near
for those who fear Him,
and His glory shall dwell in our land.
Watch and pray, the Lord shall come.
Those who are longing await His appearing.
Those who listen await His cry.
This night is the long night.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Even so, Come Lord Jesus