BBC Radio is providing listeners with special religious Christmas programming this year, including Christmas Eve Midnight Mass from Westminster Abbey.
The First Mass of Christmas, from 11.30pm-12.45am, will be led by Dean of Westminster, Reverend John Hall on BBC Radio 4. The Christmas Morning service will come from Durham Cathedral, where Canon Angela Tilby encounters the ‘Angel of the North’. She reflects on the region’s industrial past and how the sculptural Angel has unexpectedly become a source of wonder, support and almost a place of pilgrimage.
On Christmas Day, Radio 2 wishes listeners a very Merry Christmas bright and early, starting with Sunday Hour’s celebration of the Nativity story from 6am till 8am. Diane Louise Jordan and her guests discover more about Mary, Joseph, the Angel Gabriel and of course the baby Jesus. Accompanied by uplifting Christmas carols, this special programme includes songs from Young Chorister of the Year winners, Florence Cain and Edward Hyde.
Next, Clare Balding says Good Morning Christmas with a festive programme full of guests and music from 8am till 10am. She is joined in conversation by comedian and actor Barry Humphries. Featuring live music from the gospel choir AVE directed by Ken Burton, counter tenor Michael Chance and singer/songwriter Kelvin Jones. The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Revd. Vincent Nichols, will also provide his Moment of Reflection.
Christine Morgan, Head of Radio Religion and Ethics says “This festive period, BBC Radio is offering audiences many ways to reflect, worship and celebrate through a wide variety of religious programmes. From The Sunday Hour and Good Morning Sunday’s special Christmas Day shows on BBC Radio 2, to BBC Radio 4’s live services and thought-provoking features, there are programmes for everyone throughout the Christmas period.”