YuleTube: Bishop goes online to deliver his Christmas message

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The new Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth has embraced technology by posting a video of his inaugural Christmas message on the internet.

The Rt Rev Christopher Foster has used his message to urge people to consider how they can become more involved with the Christmas celebration.

He uses examples of how the wise men and shepherds were all drawn to Bethlehem, somehow becoming compelled to get involved in that first Christmas.

In the video, posted on the video-sharing website YouTube, he says: 'We want ourselves to enter more fully into the Christmas celebration as we share in community events, go carol singing, share time with family and friends, support those less fortunate than we are, and as we go to church for carol services and Christingles, for Midnight Mass and on Christmas morning.

'I invite you this Christmas to visit the church near you and be with Jesus to share in this great festival.

'God came among us to bring love, joy and freedom; that's what we want to share in.

'So let us enjoy this Christmas, let's rejoice in Jesus being born among us.

'I send you, and all those with whom you will share the Christmas celebrations my very best wishes for a happy Christmas; a time of peace, harmony and joy.

'That is exactly what God wished for us all when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.'

Watch the Bishop of Portsmouth Christmas message

Bishop Christopher recorded his Christmas message for 2010 at the Christmas tree festival in Rowlands Castle and a Christingle service at St Mary's Church, Fratton.

Bishop Christopher, 56, who was previously Bishop of Hertford in the St Albans diocese, is the ninth Bishop of Portsmouth.

He became Bishop of Portsmouth during an installation service at Portsmouth Cathedral on on September 18 .