The Queen of England and Supreme Governor of the Church of England for nearly 65 years, Queen Elizabeth II, said in her 2016 Christmas message that although Jesus Christ lived in obscurity for most of his life, “billions of people,” including herself, “now follow his teaching and find in him the guiding light of their lives.”
In her videotaped speech, released on Christmas Day, Queen Elizabeth said, “When people face a challenge, they sometimes talk about taking a deep breath to find courage or strength. In fact, the word ‘inspire’ literally means ‘to breathe in.’ But even with the inspiration of others, it’s understandable that we sometimes think the world’s problems are so big that we can do little to help.”
“On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine,” said the Queen.
“At Christmas, our attention is drawn to the birth of a baby some 2,000 years ago,” she said. “It was the humblest of beginnings, and his parents, Joseph and Mary, did not think they were important.”
“Jesus Christ lived obscurely for most of his life, and never travelled far,” she said. “He was maligned and rejected by many, though he had done no wrong.”
Watch the queen as she gives her annual speech below: