The Catholic Parish of
Blessed John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Images Of Christmas

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As we are rapidly approaching the birthday of Christ, I leave you all with a few thoughts of what Christmas means to so many other people in the uncaring and violent world in which we live today.


Images Of Christmas

Imagine an English village, about a century ago.
Cottages nestling by the green, thatched roofs atop with snow
Imagine a city of today, with slush upon the ground
A cardboard box, the only shelter a homeless man has found.

Imagine a family home, with a sparkling Christmas tree
Children dressed as Angels, for their school nativity.
Imagine a child in Afghanistan, a refugee of war
Bereft of home and family, where Christmas seems no more.

Imagine carol singers, walking down an English street
Exchanging Christmas greetings, with everyone they meet.
Imagine a street in Syria, where families live in fear
Where pleas for peace go unheeded, terrorist bombs are so near.

Imagine a lowly stable and the shelter that it gave
Imagine a tiny baby and the world he came to save.
Two thousand years are but a night, unchanged still seems mankind
With war and greed and homelessness, this present day we find.

This festival of Christmas, brings hope anew each year
That wars will cease and peace will come, that wrong will disappear.
We as Christians hold the key to let Bethlehemís star still shine
To let the image of the Prince of Peace, bless us all this Christmas time.


May the Love, Peace and Joy of Christ, be with us all this Christmas.



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