The Archbishop of Dublin”s Christmas Day Sermon, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Archbishop Michael Jackson

Reading: St John 1:1–14

St John 1.14: And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

Just as The Season of Advent was about to shed its grey and steely light upon us at the end of November, I found myself part of a Porvoo Consultation on Ethics and Economics in the Lutheran Evangelical Academy in Bad Boll near Stuttgart. The Academy had begun its life as a caring institute in the nineteenth century, a pioneering place to support and give dignity to those suffering from bereavement and depression. It subsequently flourished as a centre for writing and the visual arts including theology and, after World War ii, began a new life as a place in which German Youth, following the ravages of The Third Reich, might learn all over again politics and citizenship. It was a place which had, in and of itself, responded to what the hymn–writer calls: all the changing scenes of life.

The first formal contrbution at the Consultation was from a Spanish Anglican. He is a pathologist and a priest. He drew us to St Luke chapter …read more

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