The First Easter

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Duration: 35 minutes

Aled Jones travels to the Holy Land to discover what life was like for those who witnessed the first Easter Day. There's festive music from Tev Aviv choir Sirenot and vocalist Riki Neeb, who works as a gardener at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. Easter hymns, including The Day of the Resurrection and Thine Be the Glory, are sung in Christ Church, the first Protestant church to be built in the Middle East.

Music Played

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  • Image for Robert Prizeman, Maurice Murphy, Steven Geraghty

    Robert Prizeman, Maurice Murphy, Steven Geraghty "Songs Of Praise" Signature Tune

    Composer: Robert Prizeman Sheet music for the Songs of Praise signature tune is published by Chester Music, catalogue number CH55835. You can listen to the theme tune on CD 2 of the Songs of Praise Album.

  • Image for Congregation, Magnificat, Bethlehem Bible College Choir, Piano (Nizar Elkhater), Violin (Yuval Herz), Cello (Igor Tankevitch), Bass (Shaya Feldman), Flute (Jonathan Weiss), Clarinet (Gaddiel Dombrowner) & Horn (Ori Azran).

    Congregation, Magnificat, Bethlehem Bible College Choir, Piano (Nizar Elkhater), Violin (Yuval Herz), Cello (Igor Tankevitch), Bass (Shaya Feldman), Flute (Jonathan Weiss), Clarinet (Gaddiel Dombrowner) & Horn (Ori Azran). The Day Of Resurrection

    Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright Tune: Ellacombe Music: Mainz Gesangbuch, 1833 Words: John of Damascus (d. c.750) tr. J M Neale (1818-66) altd. Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright SoP Hymn Book (#113)

  • Image for Riki Neeb (vocals) and Martin Neeb (guitar/vocals)

    Riki Neeb (vocals) and Martin Neeb (guitar/vocals) It's You

  • Image for Congregation, Magnificat, Bethlehem Bible College Choir, Piano (Nizar Elkhater), Violin (Yuval Herz), Cello (Igor Tankevitch), Bass (Shaya Feldman), Flute (Jonathan Weiss), Clarinet (Gaddiel Dombrowner) & Horn (Ori Azran).

    Congregation, Magnificat, Bethlehem Bible College Choir, Piano (Nizar Elkhater), Violin (Yuval Herz), Cello (Igor Tankevitch), Bass (Shaya Feldman), Flute (Jonathan Weiss), Clarinet (Gaddiel Dombrowner) & Horn (Ori Azran). Ye Choirs Of New Jerusalem

    Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright Tune: St. Fulbert Music: H. J. Gauntlett (1805-76) Words: St. Fulbert of Chartres (d.1028) Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright and Chris Hazell SoP Hymn Book (#115)

  • Image for Sirenot Ensemble, Cello (Igor Tankevitch) & Piano (Nizar Elkhater)

    Sirenot Ensemble, Cello (Igor Tankevitch) & Piano (Nizar Elkhater) Now The Green Blade Riseth

    Conductor: Shosh Lagil Tune: Noel Nouvelet Music: J.M.C Crum (1872-1958) Words: French Trad. Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright SoP Hymn Book (#112)

  • Image for Congregation, Magnificat, Bethlehem Bible College Choir, Piano (Nizar Elkhater), Violin (Yuval Herz), Cello (Igor Tankevitch), Bass (Shaya Feldman), Flute (Jonathan Weiss), Clarinet (Gaddiel Dombrowner) & Horn (Ori Azran).

    Congregation, Magnificat, Bethlehem Bible College Choir, Piano (Nizar Elkhater), Violin (Yuval Herz), Cello (Igor Tankevitch), Bass (Shaya Feldman), Flute (Jonathan Weiss), Clarinet (Gaddiel Dombrowner) & Horn (Ori Azran). Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind

    Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright Tune: Repton Music: C. Hubert H. Parry (1848-1918) from a song in his oratorio Judith Words: J. G. Whittier (1807-92) Arranger: Robert Ramskill SoP Hymn Book (#324)

  • Image for Congregation, Magnificat, Bethlehem Bible College Choir, Piano (Nizar Elkhater), Violin (Yuval Herz), Cello (Igor Tankevitch), Bass (Shaya Feldman), Flute (Jonathan Weiss), Clarinet (Gaddiel Dombrowner) & Horn (Ori Azran).

    Congregation, Magnificat, Bethlehem Bible College Choir, Piano (Nizar Elkhater), Violin (Yuval Herz), Cello (Igor Tankevitch), Bass (Shaya Feldman), Flute (Jonathan Weiss), Clarinet (Gaddiel Dombrowner) & Horn (Ori Azran). The Strife Is O'er

    Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright Tune: Gelobt sei Gott Music: Melody from M. Vulpius (Gesangbuch 1960) Words: Latin 17th Century. Tr. Francis Pott (1832-1909) Arranger: Ray Monk SoP Hymn Book (#111)

  • Image for Aled Jones

    Aled Jones Be Still

    Words & Music: David Evans

    Higher, Universal Classics and Jazz, 986557-9

  • Image for Congregation, Magnificat, Bethlehem Bible College Choir, Piano (Nizar Elkhater), Violin (Yuval Herz), Cello (Igor Tankevitch), Bass (Shaya Feldman), Flute (Jonathan Weiss), Clarinet (Gaddiel Dombrowner) & Horn (Ori Azran).

    Congregation, Magnificat, Bethlehem Bible College Choir, Piano (Nizar Elkhater), Violin (Yuval Herz), Cello (Igor Tankevitch), Bass (Shaya Feldman), Flute (Jonathan Weiss), Clarinet (Gaddiel Dombrowner) & Horn (Ori Azran). Thine Be The Glory

    Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright Tune: Judas Maccabaeus Music: G. F. Handel (1685-1759) Words: Edmond Budry (1854-1932) tr. Richard Hoyle (1875-1939) Arranger: Geoff Ellerby SoP Hymn Book (#114)

  • Factsheet for Sunday 4th April

    Presented by Aled Jones from the Holy Land.

  • Interviews

  • Dr Claire Pfann

    Claire is a director at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem. She is a well respected scholar who has appeared in numerous documentaries in the course of her career.

    University of the Holy Land
  • The Rev. Yohanna Katanacho

    Yohanna is based at the Bethlehem Bible College.

  • Riki Neeb

    Originally from Holland, Riki Neeb works as a gardener at the Garden Tomb – just outside Jerusalem’s old city walls. It has been preserved as a Christian holy site because many believe it could be the garden of Joseph of Arimathea where Jesus was buried after his crucifixion.
    Riki is also a singer with her own band. For our Songs of Praise recording she performs with her husband, Martin.

    The Garden Tomb
  • Ayelet Ronen

    Ayelet Ronen is a Messianic Jew – she believes in the risen Jesus but still follows many traditional Jewish customs. She lives as part of a community at Yad Hashmona which has created a biblical village – reminding visitors of some aspects of life two thousand years ago.

    Yad Hashmona Biblical Village
  • Dr. Paul Wright

    Dr Paul Wright has been Executive Director of Jerusalem University College since 2002. He is also an ordained minister in the Baptist General Conference.

    Jerusalem University College
  • The Rev. Dr. Jerome Murphy O’Connor

    Reverend Dr Jerome Murphy-O'Connor is a Dominican priest and a Professor of New Testament at the École Biblique in Jerusalem.

    École Biblique
  • Amir Tsarfati

    Amir is a very well respected tour guide. He also speaks at international Christian events.

  • The Rev. Alex Awad

    Alex Awad is pastor of East Jerusalem Baptist Church and a Professor at Bethlehem Bible College. He serves under the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and has his own website:

    Alex Awad Website
  • The Rev. David Pileggi

    David is Rector of Christ Church in Jerusalem – the location for our Easter celebrations.

  • Sirenot

    The Sirenot Ensemble are a chamber group of young women who have been performing together since 2002. They have appeared at the Einav Center in Tel Aviv, and the Israel Music Celebration at the Jerusalem Theatre.

  • Locations

    Christ Church, Jerusalem
    The main location for our programme was Christ Church – just inside the Old City Walls of Jerusalem. It is in the Christian Quarter and was the first Protestant Church to be built in the city – and indeed the Middle East. It was completed in 1849 and combines Christian and Jewish symbolism in its architecture and decor.

    St Peter in Gallicantu
    The church where Aled performs Be Still is St Peter in Gallicantu which was built in 1931 on the eastern slope of Mount Zion in memory of Peter’s rejection of Jesus at the time of his arrest.

Credits

Presenter
Aled Jones

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