The Christmas Broadcast, 1957 – YouTube

My good friend Ryan Hunter shared this and noted:

From Her Majesty The Queen’s first televised Christmas broadcast of 1957 Addressing the phenomenon of popular new technologies (like TV) and the suddenly “new world” in which postwar Britain found itself, Her Majesty said:

“I’m not surprised that many people feel lost, and unable to decide what to hold on to and what to discard, and how to take advantage of this new life without losing the best of the old. But it is not the new inventions which are the difficulty. The trouble is caused by unthinking people who carelessly throw away ageless ideals as if they were old and outworn machinery. They would have religion thrown aside; morality in personal and public life made meaningless, honesty counted as foolishness, and self-interest set up in place of self-restraint. At this critical moment in our history, we will certainly lose the trust and respect of the world if we just abandon those fundamental principles which guided the men and women who built the greatness of this country…”

Wise words, as is commonly the case where Her Majesty is concerned!

O Holy Night : Kings College, Cambridge

While all things were in quiet silence, and night was in the midst of her swift course, thine Almighty Word, O Lord, leapt down from Heaven, out of thy royal throne. Alleluia! (traditional Christmas antiphon)

O God, who hast caused this holy night to shine with the illumination of the true Light: Grant us, we beseech thee, that as we have known the mystery of that Light upon earth, so may we also perfectly enjoy him in heaven; where with thee and the Holy Spirit he liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Alleluia! Christ, our Saviour, is born! Alleluia!

Wishing all my readers a merry, holy, and blessed Christmas.