The top Church of England official will use his Christmas message to thank the volunteers who work with the migrants arriving in the country.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Monsignor Justin Welby, will praise the “extraordinary people” who welcome refugees arriving on the beaches near Canterbury Cathedral.
He is expected to say that “there is no doubt” of the human capacity to show “great kindness”.
The beaches around Dover, a key disembarkation point for migrants boarding non-navigable dinghies, are only 20 miles from Canterbury.
This year, a record number was recorded as well as the largest single disaster with 27 drownings.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will use his Christmas sermon to preach a message of support for volunteers helping refugees, and is expected to say that “the Christmas story shows us how we are to treat those who are not like us.”
He will preach the sermon during the Christmas Day Eucharist at Canterbury Cathedral at 11 a.m., and is expected to say that the Christmas story of Joseph and Mary seeking shelter demonstrates the need to treat those “who have much less than that. we, who have lived with the devastating limits of war and national tragedy – those who risk everything to get to the beaches ”with compassion.
Mr Welby is also expected to praise rescuers such as RNLI crews and Border Patrol Cutter crews in his sermon.
It should also pay tribute to volunteers at food banks during the holiday season and “other places of solace and help” who “show this country in its best light” and embody the saying “it is not appropriate. of me “.
Mr Welby should be referring to how the experience of the pandemic has forced people to confront their “fragility” like never before.
“We are all faced with uncertainty, uncontrollability and unpredictability… each of us, from large corporations to those sleeping rough,” he should say.
The sermon will be available live on the Canterbury Cathedral website.
Mr Welby recently presented vaccination during the pandemic as a moral issue and said that receiving the vaccine reduced the chances of the disease spreading, adding: ‘It is not about me and my rights to choose – it is it’s about the way I love my neighbor “.
He said the Queen, 95, who canceled the traditional pre-Christmas lunch with her extended family and will spend Christmas Day in Windsor rather than Sandringham, had set “an example to follow”.
Update: December 25, 2021, 1:22 a.m.