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Monday, December 23, 2013

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP ARMANDO GUERRA, PRIMATE OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CENTRAL AMERICA: ¨Let us enjoy Christmas, but let’s do it with moderation and temperance...¨


The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria, Primate of  IARCA

Christmas Message from the Most Reverend Armando R. Guerra S., Primate of the Anglican Church of the Central American Region

 “Unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord”.
Brothers and sisters in Christ: Once again we prepare to celebrate another year since the birth of Jesus our Savior.
The announcement of the Good News of the birth of Jesus is made in the midst of a furious competition between the values of our Christian faith, and the savage consumerism of the marketplace.
Christmas should bring peace, tranquility and the healthy desire to share the life and hope of a better world. Unfortunately, Christmas brings anxiety and stress, and with them physical and psychological illnesses. The pressure of the market makes us spend more than we have, without measuring completely the consequences of disorderly spending on the family budget. Those who lack the resources to spend sink into depression and sadness.
Let us enjoy Christmas, but let’s do it with moderation and temperance, reinforcing those Christian values that bear on the observance of the commandment to love one’s neighbor which Jesus taught us.
In our personal and public prayers let us remember the thousands who lack shelter, bread and clothing. Let us remember the migrants who perhaps are spending Christmas in the desert, trying to evade their persecutors and in need of a piece of bread and a glass of water.
Christmas in its deepest sense enfolds the clamor of Christians for the establishment of a better world in which love, peace and justice prevail; a world in which the message of the Prophet Isaiah “for unto us a child is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, The Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” becomes a reality.
Merry Christmas to the Bishops, Clergy and members of the congregations, and many blessings from Jesus our Lord and Savior. 
Amen

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