London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Christmas Carol Service Message
I want to start by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year that I always look forward to. The love, the goodwill and the positive spirit of Christmas is something that touches all of us – no matter what your faith or background. It’s a time of year when we take a moment to look at our lives with a new perspective, and a time to reflect on the things we’re grateful for: our loyal friends, our loving family and our way of life here in this great city – the greatest city in the world. But it’s also a time to reflect on those and support those less fortunate than us – those who might have lost loved ones recently, or might be lonely or homeless.
And for me, the great message of Christmas and the selfless Christmas spirit demonstrated by so many is about reaching out to others – being our brothers’ keepers, being our sisters’ keepers; treating one another the way we would want to be treated, and caring for the sick, the hungry and the homeless.
Friends, let me end by saying this: Southwark Cathedral does hold a special place in my heart. As the Canon said – it’s where I had my inauguration as Mayor less than eight months ago. And as the Bishop mentioned, it’s where we signed the Faith and Community Declaration. This was a joint commitment to work together to ensure that our great city will continue to be a place of welcome, generosity, and equality with respect for all. And despite the challenges we face, this is something I’m optimistic about because it’s clear there is so much more that unites us than divides us. This is why I’m proud to be the Mayor of this great city and why we should be so hopeful about our future.
Merry Christmas, everyone.