Christmas Meditation

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20161226Poet and spoken word artist Harry Baker looks back on his Christmases so far.
20171226A spiritual reflection in words and music to bring Christmas Night to a close from Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service UK. This personal meditation finds the joy of Christmas breaking through in the messy painful struggles of life, including family tragedy and the lives of refugees. Featuring beautiful choral settings by Francis Poulenc, James Macmillan and David Bednall, the programme weaves music and text to explore profound themes of human life and the Christmas story.

Sarah Teather is a former Westminster MP and Government Minister but has been working for the Jesuit Refugee Service since June 2015.

Producer: Garry Boon.

A reflection to bring Christmas Night to a close from Sarah Teather.

20191226A reflection on the meaning of Christmas with actor and comedian Sally Phillips.

As Christmas Day draws to a close Sally Phillips explores making room for the new and protecting the vulnerable in ourselves and each other. St Francis of Assisi’s special devotion to the Child Jesus led to the first living Nativity Scene being created in 1223 – the image of which displays a child born into a world of poverty, humility and simplicity – Sally reflects on this and its meaning.

On Christmas Night, after all of the turkey, trimmings and potential tribulations are over, Sally questions love on the edges, the hopeful counter motion of love and the notion that where injustice occurs generosity and love rise up.

Producer: Alexa Good

A reflection on the meaning of Christmas with actor and comedian Sally Phillips.

As Christmas Day draws to a close Sally Phillips explores making room for the new and protecting the vulnerable in ourselves and each other. St Francis of Assisi’s special devotion to the Child Jesus led to the first living Nativity Scene being created in 1223 – the image of which displays a child born into a world of poverty, humility and simplicity – Sally reflects on this and its meaning.

On Christmas Night, after all of the turkey, trimmings and potential tribulations are over, Sally questions love on the edges, the hopeful counter motion of love and the notion that where injustice occurs generosity and love rise up.

Producer: Alexa Good

20201226

A reflection on the meaning of Christmas with novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

As Christmas Day draws to a close Frank Cottrell-Boyce reflects on the idiosyncrasies of the day and the uniqueness of this year’s festivities. Amidst the new toys, ripped wrapping paper, and leftover turkey, Frank contemplates stars of wonder, recurring traditions, and why, even in the darkest times, the spirit of Christmas is never far away.
Producer: Ruth Thomson.

A reflection on the meaning of Christmas with Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

20201226A reflection on the meaning of Christmas with novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

As Christmas Day draws to a close Frank Cottrell-Boyce reflects on the idiosyncrasies of the day and the uniqueness of this year’s festivities. Amidst the new toys, ripped wrapping paper, and leftover turkey, Frank contemplates the challenges of family gatherings – actual and virtual – and sets his mind to the real work of Christmas, that’s perhaps still to come.

A reflection on the meaning of Christmas with Frank Cottrell-Boyce.