Christmas Speech: Queen Elizabeth II

In Queen Elizabeth’s 2015 annual Christmas Day speech, she invoked the Bible to encourage hope in difficult times. “It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

When Queen Elizabeth was asked the secret to her remarkable consistency of character and extraordinary contribution to nation, Commonwealth, and the global community, she said, “I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian gospel.”

“There are millions of people lighting candles of hope in our world today. Christmas is a good time to be thankful for them and for all that brings light to our lives."

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