Each week the programme examines some of the larger questions of life, taking a spiritual theme and exploring it through music, prose and poetry.
Programme details: Sunday 14th December 2008
Today’s programme was presented by Mike Wooldridge and featured the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.
The readers were David Holt and Frank Stirling.
Readings and Music
Music 1: ‘The Command of the Lord’ performed by the Abbey of Gethsemani Schola from the CD ‘Compassion’. Released by Millenia Music.
Reading 1: ‘Trappist Abbey – Matins’ by Thomas Merton. Taken from Collected Poems by Thomas Merton. Published by Sheldon Press
Music 2:‘Gimme a Pigfoot’ performed by Bessie Smith from the album Bessie Smith 1929 – 1933, released by Jazz Chronological Classics.
Music 3: ‘Prayer of Thomas Merton’ performed by Kate Campbell. From the album ‘For the Living of these Days’, released by Large River.
Reading 2: ‘Creative Silence’ by Thomas Merton. Taken from Thomas Merton: Essential Writings. Published by Orbis Books.
Reading 3: ‘God’ by Thomas Merton from Confessions of a Guilty Bystander.
Published by Image.
Music 4: ‘Song of the Soul in Intimate Communication and Union with the Love of God’ composed by Edmund Rubbra and performed by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chorus and the City of London Sinfonia on the CD ‘Inscape’. Released by Chandos.
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