Bishop of Chichester’s Video Christmas Message released today
The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, today reflects on “massive movements of migration of people across the whole world” and draws parallels to the time of the birth of Jesus.
In a two minute video address to the people of his Diocese, Dr Warner suggests that 2015 will be remembered as a year when thousands were “dislocated from their homes and families” as they moved to new places fleeing violence and terror.
The Bishop makes a specific reference to the people of Syria – “those who have left behind all that is familiar to them and have embarked on a perilous and vulnerable journey.”
The Bishop recorded the address in the Great Kitchen of the Palace in Chichester where bishops of Chichester have lived for centuries.
Dr Warner said that the venue reminded him of all of the hospitality offered to people travelling over many decades. When Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem there was no room for them, so they stayed in an adjoining stable.
The Bishop explains “As we think of this fragile family at the first Christmas we remember again the context in which Jesus was born.”
He added: “This time of the year is about living alongside those who are vulnerable and revealing to them the power and love of God.”
Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a peaceful and joyful New Year.