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Understanding Prayer

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 13 September 2009

Mark Tully talks to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, about his personal understanding of prayer, once described by the poet George Herbert as 'something understood'.

The readers are Frank Stirling and David Westhead.

  • Music

    Music 1: ‘Let my Prayer Arise’ composed by Chesnokov and performed by Gennadi Martemianov and the Soglasie Male Voice Choir of St Petersburg. Available on the CD Authentic Russian Sacred Music, released by IMP Classics.

    Music 2: ‘Lausanne (Iesu, Iesu Rwyt Ti’n Ddigon)’ performed by D. Eifion Thomas. Available on the CD Can Y Tenoriaid - Great Welsh Tenor Solos.

    Music 3: ‘Suite No. 1’ composed by JS Bach and performed by Janos Starker. Available on the CD Bach: Cello Suites, released by RCA.

    Music 4: ‘Agnus Dei’ composed by Herbert Howells and performed by King’s College Choir. Available on the CD, A Celebration of Herbert Howells released by Argo.

    Music 5: ‘Tarleton’s Resurrection’ composed by John Dowland and performed by Ronn McFarlane. Available on the CD, Lute Music of John Dowland.

  • Reading

    Reading 1: ‘The Prayer’ written by RS Thomas. Available in the book, The Collected Poems ’45 – 90. Published by J.M. Dent

    Reading 2: ‘Ibn Abbad Woke Early’ written by David Scott. Available in the book, Piecing Together published by Bloodaxe.


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