Christmas Greeting 2016

In this year’s Christmas message, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan reflects on the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund in October, which also marked nearly 50 years of continued dialogue. He says the historic event offered opportunity for both ecumenical partners to mutually see and affirm a Gospel-centered faithfulness that is “carrying us from conflict to communion.”

Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, invites all LWF member churches to embrace the Christmas period with joy despite many challenges, because “the beautiful images and messages of happiness often stand in contrast to the problems and conflict we see around the world.”



LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan Video Christmas Greeting 2016

Produced by The Lutheran World Federation

Christmas Message - “Glory to God in the Highest”

Publisher: The Lutheran World Federation

Date: December 2016

Pages: 2

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LWF’s 2016 Christmas card is a photo of a young girl lighting candle at the Lund Cathedral, signifying one of the five ecumenical imperatives, committing Lutherans and Catholics to joyfully witness together in the world today.

A girl lights a candle at Lund Cathedral, signifying one of the five ecumenical imperatives. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those whom he favors” (Luke 2.14)

„Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe und Friede auf Erden bei den Menschen seines Wohlgefallens.“ (Lukas 2,14)

«Gloire à Dieu au plus haut des cieux et sur la terre paix pour ses bien-aimés» (Luc 2,14)

“¡Gloria a Dios en las alturas! ¡Paz en la tierra a todos los que gozan de su favor!” (Lucas 2.14)