URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE
OF HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II
1. Descendit de caelis Salvator mundi.
The Saviour of the world has come down from heaven. Let us
This proclamation, filled with deep rejoicing,
echoed in the
night of Bethlehem.
Today the Church renews it with unchanged joy:
Saviour is born for us!
A wave of tenderness and
hope fills our hearts,
together with an overpowering need for closeness and
In the crib we contemplate the One
who stripped himself of divine
in order to become poor, driven by love for mankind.
the crib the Christmas tree,
with its twinkling lights,
reminds us that
with the birth of Jesus
the tree of life has blossomed anew in the desert of
The crib and the tree: precious symbols,
hand down in time the true meaning of Christmas!
2. In the heavens there echoes the proclamation of the angels:
you is born in the city of David
a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord"
By being born in Bethlehem, the Eternal Son of God
entered into the history of each person
the face of the earth.
He is now present in the world
as the one Saviour
For this reason we pray to him:
of the world, save us!
3. Save us from the great evils which rend humanity
these first years of the third millennium.
Save us from the wars and armed
which lay waste whole areas of the world,
from the scourge of
and from the many forms of violence
which assail the weak and
Save us from discouragement
as we face the paths to peace,
paths indeed, yet possible and therefore necessary;
paths which are always
and everywhere urgent,
especially in the Land where You were born,
Prince of Peace.
4. And you, Mary, the Virgin of expectation and fulfilment,
hold the secret of Christmas,
make us able to recognize in the Child
you hold in your arms the heralded Saviour,
who brings hope and peace to all.
you we worship him and trustingly say:
we need You, Redeemer of man,
who know the hopes and fears of our hearts.
Come and stay with us, Lord!
the joy of your Nativity reach
to the farthest ends of the universe!