Bishop Ian Gray’s & Archbishop Samuel Prakash’s 2015 Christmas Messages
My Dear friends
When our famous Lincolnshire poet Alfred Lord Tennyson put poetry into the tongues of the bells he was living at a time when the world enjoyed comparative peace, yet he wrote of “ancient forms of party strive” and “the faithful coldness of the times.” What was true then is a thousand times truer now, for we see now rampant secularism, liberalising and political correctness poisoning the very springs of our national life, and society has grown increasingly cold towards God.
The result is the world as we see it today. If it were not for the faithful few holding the bastions of Christendom against the onrush of political materialism, there would be little hope for the survival of Christian institutions. It may well be that we who keep the true faith Catholic and Apostolic with the past are holding the last thin strip of country that stands between civilisation and anarchy.
Do not be afraid of our small numbers in the Traditional Anglican Church in Britain. When you stand to fight and defend the Kingdom of God, you fight on the side of the great army of martyrs that have gone before us. It is not the first time in history or will it be the last, that Christianity has stood its ground against almost seemingly overwhelming odds. Let this, above all else be your New Year resolution: to hold on to your own personal strip of ground for Christendom.
“Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kinder hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in Christ that is to be.”
I wish you all a Holy and Peaceful Christmas and Joyous New Year
In His Love
The blessing of God almighty be with you always to celebrate Christmas and New Year 2015
The miracle of Christmas is that God chose to come be with us in Jesus Christ. While we may over-romanticize the stable where Jesus was born, we can know that this birthing place speaks volumes about God’s infinite courtesy towards all people. Jesus was born in an earthy, raw, smelly stable, not in a temple or royal palace.
“Being born in such a place is God’s way of showing that Christ comes to us in all sorts of human conditions — earthy, smelly, broken and accomplished. No matter what we’ve done or haven’t done, God comes to be with us in Jesus Christ where we are in life, and out of his great love for all humanity.”
“It is so easy to belittle our human dignity, itself a gift from God, and attach the vices of our world to somehow being OK with God. Indeed, the ancients allowed their gods to be representatives of such vices, in other words to make it OK to forgo true human dignity and not accepting that God is love.
“I pray that I and all of us who state we are Christian can kneel in humble prayer before the Christ Child and state: ‘You allow me to know how to be human, that your coming in a human body allows me to experience your divine person, that you are truly the Son of God who enters into the history of man and allows us to participate in the timeless reality of God the Father, The son and the Holy Spirit.
“Your divine love coming into the world as a baby is irresistible and allows us the opportunity to initially experience God incarnate with love and joy. May I love you always, O God at every moment, with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.’
Yours in Christ
Archbishop Samuel P. Prakash
Acting Primate TAC
Metropolitan of Anglican Church of India (C.I.P.B.C)
Contact: PrimateTAC@gmail.com, Acimetropolitan@yahoo.com.