‘The Toy Trumpet ‘ – A Christmas Greeting from Bishop Paul Colton

Bishop Paul Colton has recorded a short Christmas greeting to reach the people of Cork, Cloyne and Ross ‘because’ he says ‘meeting people in 2020 all over the Diocese has been nigh impossible. ‘I have really missed all that!’ he said. His greeting is called ‘The GToy Trumpet.’

So much of our human activity and organisation is about gathering together as people and the restrictions imposed by the CoronaVirus Pandemic have been necessary, but deeply frustrating, throughout 2020.

The Church is no exception. Bishop Colton says that one of the things he has missed most during the pandemic is the Church’s gatherings, formal and informal:

I have really, really missed being out and about in Cork City and County and all over the Diocese in 2020. The Coronavirus Pandemic has clipped the wings of our travel and our ability to meet. So many gatherings have been affected; life events such as funerals, weddings, baptisms, ordinations, and not least meeting the young people and their families for Confirmation.

The measures designed to keep us safe and to protect each other have been necessary and vital, but that doesn’t mean that I, and I am certain, most of us have not missed being together.

Our travel to be together has been limited by the regulations on gatherings and on travel and then, in my own case, at the very time things opened up a bit, I had an accident followed by surgery which confined me to barracks.

I happily agreed, therefore, to a request from the clergy of the Diocese to put together a very short Christmas video greeting to be played at Church Services, both in person and online, on Christmas Day.

I called it ‘The Toy Trumpet’.

To view ‘The Toy Trumpet’ – a short Christmas Greeting from

Bishop Paul Colton



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