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A Christmas Message from our Lead Chaplain and Chair


25 December 2021

"We have to stand together, draw on our professional and human resources. This has been an intensely difficult human experience, and that's why #OneTeamOneOUH has been so important."

We are delighted to share with you a Christian conversation about the meaning of the festival of Christmas, in this video from OUH Lead Chaplain, The Revd Sarah Sewell, and our Trust Chair, Prof Sir Jonathan Montgomery.

Sarah and Jonathan read passages from the Christmas story as told in the Gospel of Matthew, and have a discussion about what they mean, and how the issues raised - for example, coping with the unexpected, or being separated from home and family - relate to our current situation in 2021.

The video recording also features a performance of John Rutter's 'Joseph's Carol' by the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, which is dedicated to the Oxford COVID Vaccine Trial Group, RECOVERY Team, Jenner Institute and volunteers. The performance is conducted by John Rutter and the soloist is Sir Bryn Terfel. We thank the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra for their permission to use this recording.

Oxford University Hospitals wishes you all the very best for Christmas, and we remember especially those of you for whom the Christmas season presents a challenge this year - may you find strength and peace.

We hope that you are able to spend some time with loved ones this Christmas, even if just an hour, or a phone call.

You can see the video on YouTube here:

A Christmas Message from The Revd Sarah Sewell and Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery