Broadcasting from the ruins of his beloved Cathedral – destroyed by enemy bombing just six weeks earlier – here’s what Provost Howard had to say on December 25th 1940:

“Early this Christmas morning, here under these ruins, in the lovely little stone chapel built six hundred years ago, we began the day with our Christmas communion, worshipping the Christ, believe me, as joyfully as ever before. What we want to tell the world is this: that with Christ born again in our hearts today, we are trying, hard as it may be, to banish all thoughts of revenge… We are going to try to make a kinder, simpler, a more Christ Child-like sort of world in the days beyond this strife.”

Click here for a longer extract of the recording from 1940, which concludes with the Cathedral Choir singing the Coventry Carol.

From Christmas Day 1940