Christmas is a time for generosity. The gifts we give do not have to be expensive or extravagant – sometimes the gift of time spent with a neighbour or a smile at someone we see on the street can be just as meaningful.

Like the shepherds, who have only their awe and devotion to bring to witness to the birth of Christ, the best gift we can give is the gift of our hearts.

Just as we give, we must also be open to accepting the gifts of others. In Jesus, God gives us the most precious gift of all and invites us to know and follow his only Son. Whatever your Christmas looks like, everyone is invited to the birth of Jesus. From the lowliest shepherds to the wealthy Magi, all are welcome to gather together and delight in God’s grace!

You too are welcome to follow the star this Christmas and find yourself in that humble stable, in a place where you are known and loved in the presence of God.

We hope that you have a blessed Christmas and pray that your journey following the star leads you ever closer to the joy and peace of knowing Jesus Christ.

Archbishop Justin Welby | Archbishop John Sentamu

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A Christmas prayer

God of wonder, as we follow the star, open our minds to search for you, open our eyes to see you, and open our hearts to receive your love, this Christmas and always. Amen

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