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Christmas message from the Bishop of Kensington



Dear Friends,

In his “For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio” W.H. Auden wrote:


We who must die demand a miracle

How could the Eternal do a temporal act,

The Infinite become a finite fact?

Nothing can save us that is possible:

We who must die demand a miracle.


This Christmas we get to celebrate that miracle, and proclaim again that the impossible has indeed happened. The eternal God has entered time, the infinite has become finite, to redeem the world, to rescue us from the shadow of death that hangs over us – not just the fact of dying one day, but all that death wreaks in our world today. London is a wonderful city to live in, yet it is a city where 135 people have died this year due to knife crime, where loneliness lurks behind closed doors in all our communities, and where Grenfell Tower still stands in one of our parishes as a monument to our neglect of our neighbours.

In this very city, we have the privilege this Christmas of celebrating the great miracle of hope, the impossible becoming possible. I wish you a wonderful Christmas – to you, your churches and parishes, those you will celebrate Christmas this year – and hope and pray that your Christmas celebrations will be full of joyful, genuine wonder at the Word made Flesh for us.

Thank you for all you have done this past year in the service of Christ, the people he loves in our communities, and in building the life of his church here in the Kensington Area. I am deeply grateful for all your hard work in 2019 as we try to hold out that hope to a city that needs it more than ever.


The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin