A Christmas message by PM Anthony at National Festival of Carols, Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Vieux Fort

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A Christmas message by PM Anthony at National Festival of Carols, Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Vieux Fort
Christmas Card (Cover): Designed by Cyril Saltibus
Christmas Card (Cover): Designed by Cyril Saltibus

Sunday, 9 December, 2012: The Psalmist says this:

Alleluia! Praise God in his holy place, praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his powerful deeds, praise his surpassing greatness.
O praise him with sound of trumpet, praise him with lute and harp.
Praise him with tymbrel and dance, praise him with strings and pipes.
O praise him with resounding cymbals, praise him with clashing cymbals.
Let everything that lives and that breathes give praise to the Lord. Allelulia!
(Psalm 150)

And so, brothers and sisters, tonight we gather to praise him in song at this Advent time. For he comes to our hearts and to our minds, and to our souls and bodies.

He comes to our homes and to our lands, and to our hills and valleys. He comes to bring joy and peace, and hope and courage. And to him, we accord many a title, many a name: Prince of Peace, Key of David, Rod of Jesse, Emmanuel, Messiah, Saviour, the Christ, Jésu.

And so, on this night of beauteous song, of hymn and carol, as also on the nights of pain and anguish, and loneliness and folorn figure, may we still remember that unending, untiring, unwavering message that he brings forth from the crib and even unto the cross: of hope and salvation.

For,
Sweet saviour haste, come, come to earth
Dispel the night and show thy face
And bid us hail the dawn of grace.

May our Christmas story not be shaded by undertones of greed and glut, or of price gouging and prideful glamour.

No my friends. May it instead be in sincere memorial of the events of thousands of years past, of the stories told toward, and the stories told onward: that a child was born, and his birth symbolised a new hope for this world.

May this time be a time of celebrating moreso the gifts of childbirth, the gifts of family, the gifts of friends and less so the gifts of material. For his majesty was not diminished in his vulnerable state, in his swaddling clothes, in a nativity of poverty.

And so tonight, we sing not for want of wealth, or praise. Rather, we celebrate sharing and giving freely, without care of returns.

As we look back on 2012, may we leave behind the violence, the vexation, the vindictiveness.

May we look to 2013, with new hope in Saint Lucia, a hope of peace and renewal in the land, a hope of love and cooperation, of respect and consideration, of compassion and responsibility.

May this be our Christmas wish.

May God continue to bless and may his staff guide our nation, Saint Lucia.

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  1. @Son Of Helen..What has the Queen ever done for you?...Think about it & tell me.What's next? you'll be asking for the Pope's message too?

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  2. "As we look back on 2012, may we leave behind the violence, the vexation, the vindictiveness."

    when i look back i does get so vex eh......as much as i want to leave behind 2012......it follows me like a ghost.humph!!!!

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  3. SNO, can you also carry the Queen's annual Christmas message? It's done by most 'national' media in the Commonwealth Realms and this year it's even in 3D. I think it is fair to ask as She is our Head of State. Thanks!

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  4. As we look back on 2012, may we leave behind the ...the vexation, the vindictiveness.

    As King of vindictiveness, I hope Kenny remember to take his own advise in the New Year. Any way, if you are finally right for once, Merry Christmas to you too.

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