I Believe in Angels

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Duration: 35 minutes

Pam Rhodes meets people who believe they have encountered angels and introduces some popular angelic hymns.

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven

    Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven ORNC Chapel Choir And Congregation

    WORDS: H. F. Lyte TUNE: Praise My Soul MUSIC: John Goss CONDUCTOR: Richard Tanner ARRANGED BY: Robert RAmskill ORGANIST: James Grainger LOCATION: The Chapel, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich ORIGINAL TX: 03/06/2012

  • Image for Angel Voices Ever Singing

    Angel Voices Ever Singing Choir And Congregation Of Holy Trinity church, Stratford Upon Avon

    TUNE: Angel Voices MUSIC: E G Monk (1819-1900) WORDS: Francis Pott (1832-1909) ARRANGED BY: Paul Leddington Wright SOURCE: Songs of Praise Hymnbook No. 205 ORGANIST: Andrew Jones LOCATION: Holy Trinity church, Stratford Upon Avon ORIGINAL TX: 13/05/2012

  • Image for Evening Prayer

    Evening Prayer BBC Radio 2 Choristers Of The Year 2009: Jacquelyne Hill & Laurence Kilsby

    COMPOSER: Engelbert Humperdinck PIANIST: Simon Lole LOCATION: St Mary’s College Chapel, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham ORIGINAL TX: 17/10/2010

  • Image for All Through The Night

    All Through The Night Sir Willard White

    LOCATION: Christ Church Spitalfields, London ORIGINAL TX: 23/11/2008

  • Image for At The Name Of Jesus

    At The Name Of Jesus Choir And Congregation Of Halifax Minster

    TUNE: Camberwell WORDS: Caroline Noel (1817-77) Michael Brierley (b.1932) SOURCE: Songs of Praise Hymnbook #118 CONDUCTOR: Paul Leddington Wright ORGANIST: David Houlder LOCATION: Halifax Minster ORIGINAL TX: 06/11/2011

  • Image for Immortal Invisible

    Immortal Invisible Choir And Congregation Of St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow

    TUNE: St Denio MUSIC: Welsh hymn melody WORDS: Walter Chalmers Smith ARRANGED BY: Paul Leddington Wright SOURCE: CH4 132, Canterbury Press LOCATION: St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow ORIGINAL TX: 22/08/2010

  • Image for In Heavenly Love Abiding

    In Heavenly Love Abiding Choir And Congregation Of Derby Cathedral

    MUSIC: David Jenkins (1848-1915) TUNE: Penlan WORDS: Anna L Waring (1823-1910) ARRANGED BY: Robert Ramskill SOURCE: SOP #295 pg 550/1 Oxford University Press, BBC Books 1997 ISBN 0 19147325-1 this compilation © Oxford University Press 1997 CONDUCTOR: Paul Leddington Wright LOCATION: Derby Cathedral ORIGINAL TX: 25/07/2010

  • Factsheet for Sunday 3rd February 2013

    Pam Rhodes meets people who believe they have encountered angels and introduces some popular angelic hymns.

  • Interviewees

    Here is some background information on the contributors that appeared on this week's programme;

    Roy Godwin was travelling with his wife and children on a road through a dense forest one frosty night in December 1981 when he crashed with another vehicle who was travelling on the wrong side of the road. His family were removed from the car and taken off to hospital but Roy was trapped in the damaged vehicle with major injuries. Suddenly a strange figure came through the forest and sat down beside him on the passenger seat. The encounter was unusual, not least because of the unusual words the stranger spoke and Roy believes that the mysterious figure might have been an angel.

    Dr Paula Gooder is a freelance writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. She explains the origin of the word “angel” and explores the potential different meanings of the word in both the Old and New Testaments. She also ponders why Christians today often don’t talk about angels despite being surrounded by depictions of them in stained glass windows in many churches. Finally she reveals her own beliefs about what constitutes an angelic encounter.

    Wallace Brown felt called by God to leave his leafy parish in Leicestershire and continue his ministry on a council estate in Birmingham. So he became the vicar of St Boniface’s Church in Quinton. But he and his wife Mary soon discovered that a violent gang gathered every day around the walls of the church. After several months, they were finding life there very difficult but Mary felt that God was calling them to pray for guardian angels to protect the walls of the church, so they did – with seemingly miraculous results.

    Lorna Byrne says she has seen angels since she was a tiny child and has written several books about her experiences including “Angels in my Hair”. She describes how angels appear to her and how she believes that everyone, no matter what their religion or what sort of person they are, has their own guardian angel.

  • Locations

    The National Gallery
    Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

    Holy Trinity Church
    Belle Vue Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY3 7LL

    St Boniface
    Quinton Road West, Quinton, Birmingham, West Midlands B32 2QD

    St Pancras Church
    Euston Road, London NW1 2BA

    Wyre Forest


Pam Rhodes
Series Editor
David Taviner
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra


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