Hello everyone and a very happy Christmas to you and your families. I'm here in the cathedral on Christmas eve night and I want to take this opportunity to tell you all that you're very much in our thoughts and in our prayers during this Christmas season. I think the message that is at the heart of Christmas is so important for all of us to hear. This year that message about Christ our savior born in a stable in Bethlehem, that message of poverty, humility but also a powerful message that God is with us every moment of our lives.
I think it's particularly important this year for us to know that God is with us, because these are troubling times and I know that many families in the parish have been struggling over the past nine months or so due to all of the restrictions surrounding covid-19. I also that know that many families have experienced sickness, bereavement. Many livelihoods have been upset and many people have lost their jobs. It's so important for us to know that God is with us and that god walks with us through all of our struggles and difficulties so I pray tonight that you and your families will experience some of the joy and the peace that the Christ child can bring God bless you and happy Christmas again and I wish you all a very happy and brighter new year in 2021. (Text from the Youtube transcript)