The Archbishop of Westminster’s Christmas 2011 Midnight Mass Homily

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Tonight we proclaim with joy the birth of Jesus, Saviour of the world. We do so in many ways: by blessing the crib, depicting that precious moment itself; by the resonant words we hear: 'The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light'; by the music that fills this cathedral 'O magnum mysterium'; by the solemn announcing of the Gospel: 'And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger' and by our presence here at this midnight hour.

'What's going on?' passers-by might ask. We are proclaiming the birth of Christ, two thousand years ago, yet as important today as it was then, for he is Saviour of the world.

We are proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the eternal Word of God come in our flesh and blood, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary.

This is our faith. This is the joy of this night, rich beyond all others, for in these events the course of human destiny is made clear and our sense of purpose in life changed.

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