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Queen’s Christmas Message 2014 December 25, 2014

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Her Majesty’s Christmas Message may be seen here.

And a Merry Christmas to all from your friend at the North Saskatchewan Branch!

Her Majesty’s Christmas Message December 27, 2013

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Video of the Christmas Message



“”This past year has been one of great celebration for many. The   enthusiasm which greeted the Diamond Jubilee was, of course, especially   memorable for me and my family.

“It was humbling that so many chose to mark the anniversary of a duty   which passed to me 60 years ago. People of all ages took the trouble to take   part in various ways and in many nations. But perhaps most striking of all   was to witness the strength of fellowship and friendship among those who had   gathered together on these occasions.

“Prince Philip and I were joined by our family on the River Thames as we   paid tribute to those who have shaped the United Kingdom’s past and future   as a maritime nation, and welcomed a wonderful array of craft, large and   small, from across the Commonwealth.

“On the barges and the bridges and the banks of the river there were   people who had taken their places to cheer through the mist, undaunted by   the rain. That day there was a tremendous sense of common determination to   celebrate, triumphing over the elements.

“That same spirit was also in evidence from the moment the Olympic flame   arrived on these shores. The flame itself drew hundreds and thousands of   people on its journey around the British Isles, and was carried by every   kind of deserving individual, many nominated for their own extraordinary   service.

As London hosted a splendid summer of sport, all those who saw the   achievement and courage at the Olympic and Paralympic Games were further   inspired by the skill, dedication, training and teamwork of our athletes. In   pursuing their own sporting goals, they gave the rest of us the opportunity   to share something of the excitement and drama.

“We were reminded, too, that the success of these great festivals   depended to an enormous degree upon the dedication and effort of an army of   volunteers. Those public-spirited people came forward in the great tradition   of all those who devote themselves to keeping others safe, supported and   comforted.

“For many, Christmas   is also a time for coming together. But for others, service will come first.   Those serving in our armed forces, in our emergency services and in our   hospitals, whose sense of duty takes them away from family and friends, will   be missing those they love.

“And those who have lost loved ones may find this day especially full of   memories. That’s why it’s important at this time of year to reach out beyond   our familiar relationships to think of those who are on their own.

“At Christmas I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies   also at the heart of the Christmas story. A young mother and a dutiful   father with their baby were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar.   They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child. From that day on he   has inspired people to commit themselves to the best interests of others.

“This is the time of year when we remember that God sent his only son ‘to   serve, not to be served’. He restored love and service to the centre of our   lives in the person of Jesus Christ.

“It is my prayer this Christmas Day that his example and teaching will   continue to bring people together to give the best of themselves in the   service of others.

“The carol, In The Bleak Midwinter, ends by asking a question of all of   us who know the Christmas story, of how God gave himself to us in humble   service: ‘What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would   bring a lamb; if I were a wise man, I would do my part’. The carol gives the   answer ‘Yet what I can I give him – give my heart’.

“I wish you all a very happy Christmas.”‘