Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Peace, hope, and charity: Holness’ Christmas Message

Prime Minister Andrew Holness delivering his Christmas Day 2017 Message

Prime Minister Andrew Holness delivering his Christmas Day 2017 Message

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has urged Jamaicans to focus on the spiritual meaning of the birth of Christ which he said “sometimes gets lost in the festivities”.

Among the lessons he outlined in his Christmas Day Message are that “in the midst of hardship and despair, there can be hope” and “whatever little we have, we can share with others in need”.

Against the background of a crime wave which has gripped Jamaica, with more than 1,500 murdered in 2017, the Prime Minister also urged Jamaicans to pray “to become instruments of peace and seek to build a kinder, gentler society.”

He noted that while 2017 has been filled with a “fair share of challenges”, there have equally been events that offer Jamaicans hope for the future.

“Our island was built on the spirit of community, togetherness, charitableness, sharing, love and hopefulness,” Holness said. “These values have made us resilient in overcoming numerous obstacles.”

See video of Holness’ Christmas Day Message below.

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