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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 05 June 2011

Brian D'Arcy explores the meaning of Jesus' triumphant ascension into heaven with hymns and songs including Crown him with many crowns, All hail the power of Jesu's name, and Handel's beautiful I know that my redeemer liveth. Producer: Simon Vivian.


    Hail the day that sees him rise
    Reading Phoenix Choir

    The head that once was crowned with thorn
    St Magnus
    Choir of King’s College Chapel, University of Aberdeen

    All hail the power of Jesu’s name
    Dunvant Male Choir, Cor Glandulais, the Glamorgan Federation of Women’s Institutes Choir & the congregation of Moriah Chapel, Loughour in Swansea

    Crown him with many crowns
    Choirs of Blue Coat School and Holy Trinity Church, Coventry

    Jack Hayford
    Choir and congregation of St Andrew’s Church, West Tarring, Sussex

    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
    Pontarddulais Male Voice Choir

    I know that my redeemer liveth
    Emma Whiteley – one of the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year

    Christ triumphant
    Guiting Power
    Singers from the Royal School of Church Music gathered in St George’s Church, Beckenham, south London


    In our prayers we ask the Lord to keep us joyful as we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Give us faith to see that where He has gone we will follow.

    May we find hope in our daily life, believing that Jesus is Lord.
    Help us to realise that because Jesus lives in eternity now, we too shall live in joy and peace in God’s presence.

    And may we never forget that we are blessed with many good things in this life and that God will never abandon us.

    We give into your care Lord all those who are sick, anxious and worried. Fill them with every grace and blessing.

    Lord you know the secret thoughts of our hearts and the prayers we cannot put into words. We offer our prayers, spoken and unspoken, to you. Amen.


    May almighty God bless us all in this world and in the next.
    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.


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