Christmastide (4): The Queen’s Christmas Message 2017

I have long been a fan of Her Majesty the Queen. I suppose enough of the drama of bad American politics will make anyone look with some favor on a monarchy. Not withstanding its flaws, the Crown and the sovereign who wears its hold a special place in the hearts and minds of both those within and without the Commonwealth.

One part of Her Majesty’s traditions is an annual Christmas address to the Realm and the world, not unlike the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi [To the City and the World] address, in which she looks back on the year past and forward to the one to come, and ever mindful of her duties as the sovereign, she highlights the secular and spiritual concerns of our common humanity.

In this year’s address, she notes the saddest realities that terrorism now plays in the destabilization of our daily lives. She reviews the attacks on London and Manchester, to name only two, as well as the devastation in the Caribbean, and she describes and praising the men and women who attend to the safety, protection, rescue, and relief in these seemingly unstable times.

To the Queen’s own closing words:

Volunteers and charities, as well as many churches, arrange meals for the homeless and those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day.

We remember the birth of Jesus Christ whose only sanctuary was a stable in Bethlehem.

He knew rejection, hardship and persecution; and yet it is Jesus Christ’s generous love and example which has inspired me through good times and bad.

Whatever your own experiences this year; wherever and however you are watching, I wish you a peaceful and very happy Christmas.

[Read the entire transcript here; watch the broadcast here]

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Christmastide (4): The Queen’s Christmas Message 2017