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RTÉ Religious Programmes for Holy Week and Easter 2012

Religious Programmes for Holy Week and Easter, 2012

On RTÉ Television and Radio


Sunday 1st April – Palm Sunday

0700-0900       Gloria. Tim Thurston introduces seasonal sacred music, including a Russian Orthodox Passion, Bach’s Passion Chorales for organ and a stunning version of Allegri’s Miserere.  (RTÉ Lyric  FM)

1000-1100       Mass for Palm Sunday from the Divine Word Church, Donamon, Co Roscommon. The celebrant is Fr Tom Cahill, SVD. Music comes from the parish choirs of Kilbegnet and Glinsk. (RTÉ Radio One LW 252 / Digital platforms)

1100-1145       Passiontide Reflection led by Canon Maureen Ryan, a Minister of the Church of Ireland parish of Galway. (RTÉ Radio One LW 252 / Digital platforms)

1115-1210       Fr Philip McShane celebrates Mass for Palm Sunday with the congregation of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Clonakilty, in the Cork & Ross Diocese. Music is by the Clonakilty Folk Choir, led by Sigrid Rose. (RTÉ One TV)

1130-1230       Aifreann an Lae ar Dhomhnach na Pailme, deo ó Shéipéal Muire, an Daingean, Co Chiarrai. (RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta)

1735-1745       Passover: A Celebration of Freedom. Every year Yanky Fachler  a member of the Dublin Jewish Progressive Community runs a communal Passover – he recounts the story of his father’s escape from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport and how his departure from oppression into freedom is very much the theme of Passover. (RTÉ One TV)

2235-2305       Would You Believe? The Secret Peacemaker. Fr Alec Reid never meant to have a public role in the Troubles, but when he knelt to give the last rites to one of two British Corporals killed by a West Belfast lynch mob, in 1988, the image went global. Behind the scenes, he was already starting to work as a secret peacemaker between Gerry Adams, John Hume and the Irish Government – efforts which were rewarded ten years later with the Good Friday Agreement. As he turns 80, WYB? tells his remarkable story, with contributions from key players and commentators, including Gerry Adams, Martin Mansergh and the Rev. Harold  Good.
(RTÉ One TV)

Thursday 5th April – Holy Thursday

1900-2000       Monsignor Dan O’Connor celebrates Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the RTÉ Television studios with the choir of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Duboyne, Co Meath, directed by Hannah Evans. The Mass also marks the culmination of the Trócaire Lenten campaign. (Live simulcast on RTÉ One TV & Radio One Extra /LW 252)

Friday 6th April – Good Friday

1345-1400       Good Friday and So Forth – A Note on the Compassion Narrative, written and presented by Aidan Mathews.  (RTE Radio One. All wavelengths.)

1400-1500       Music for Good Friday With Tim Thurston. Music from Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Pergolesi’s  Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Seven Last Words and Allegri’s Miserere. (RTE Radio 1 FM)

1400-1430       Why Did He Die? A Special Edition of The God Slot for Good Friday. All we can say with historical accuracy about Jesus of Nazareth is that a young Jewish Galilean healer, preacher and exorcist called Jesus was executed by the Romans in or around the year 33 AD, and that he had such an effect on his group of followers that their lives were transformed forever, so much so that they believed that he was the Christ, the Son of God who rose from the dead and walked among them. Those are the facts, but there is a lot more to truth than mere facts, and on Good Friday, one of the most sacred days in the Christian calendar, The God Slot asks: Why did he die?

To help find an answer, presenter Eileen Dunne is joined by the Abbot of Glenstal, Mark Patrick Hederman; lecturer in Theology & Ethics and our regular film critic, Barry McMillan: Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of Wales and Visiting Professor at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, Mary Grey, and the rector of Kill of the Grange, Blackrock and Theology graduate, the Rev Ferran Glenfield.

All aspects of the death of Jesus are examined, from traditional Theology to the Hollywood treatment of the event to its impact on our world. The programme is repeated on all wave-lengths at 2200 and an extended edition will be available on podcast. (RTE Radio 1 Live Extra / 252 LW)

1430-1500       The Tullamore Passion. The Rev William Hayes, Msgr Sean Heaney, the Rev. Rosemary Lindsay, Canon Gerald Field, Fr Shane Crombie and Pastor Oladipo Niran lead Christians of all denominations in a commemoration of the Passion of Christ, through readings, reflections, music and prayer, on the streets of Tullamore, Co. Offaly. (RTE Radio 1 Live Extra / 252 LW)

1455-1600       Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday. Fr John McCarthy leads liturgies marking the crucifixion of Jesus, in St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, in the Diocese of Cloyne. The combined Cathedral and Chamber Choirs are directed by Dominic Finn. (Live on RTÉ One TV & simulcast on Radio One Extra /  LW 252 from 1500, with commentary by Mary Curtin.)

1500-1600       Craolfar Searmanas na Páise inniu ó Shéipéal Mhic Dara ar an gCeathrú Rua.  An tAthair Ciarán de Blácam.

Good Friday ceremonies today will be broadcast from Séipéal Mhic Dara in An Cheathrú Rua, Connemara.  Celebrant is An tAthair Ciarán de Blácam. (RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta)

2000-2200       The Lyric Concert presented by Paul Herriott. Haydn: Seven Last Words on the Cross. RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet with Denis Conway (narrator) , recorded in the Unitarian Church in Dublin in 2010; Mozart: Requiem: Ton Koopman conducts the Amsterdam Baroque Chorus and Orchestra with soloists Dorothee Mields, Bogna Bartosz, Tilman Lichdi and Klaus Mertens. (RTÉ Lyric FM)

Saturday, 7th April – Holy Saturday

2100-2230       The Easter Vigil Mass
Mass from St. Clonleth’s Church, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. The celebrant is Fr. Joe McDermott.
Music from St. Clonleth’s Parish Choir. (RTÉ Radio One LW252 / Digital Platforms)

2315-0045       The Easter Vigil Mass from St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, Co. Cork. The Principal Celebrant is Fr Michael Leamy; Dominic Finn conducts the combined Cathedral and Chamber Choirs. (RTÉ One)

Sunday 8th April – Easter Sunday

0700-0900       Gloria. Tim Thurston offers a selection of sacred music to celebrate Easter Sunday. (RTE Lyric FM)

0915-1100       Mass for Easter Sunday celebrated by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter’s Square, Rome with live commentary by Fr Thomas McCarthy, OP. (RTÉ One) Followed by…

1100-1135       Urbi et Orbi: The Pope’s Easter Message, with live commentary from Fr Thomas McCarthy, OP. (RTÉ One)

1000-1045       Mass for Easter Sunday from the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The celebrant is Fr. Patrick Donnelly. Music comes from the Family Mass Choir. (RTÉ Radio One LW252 / Digital Platforms)

1045-1130       Easter Sunday Service of Worship from Cavan Presbyterian Church, led by Reverend Jean Mackarel. (RTÉ Radio One LW252 / Digital Platforms)

1100-1145       Aifreann an Lae. Craolfar Aifreann an Lae beo ó Shéipéal Mhic Dara ar an gCeathrú Rua.  An tAthair Ciarán de Blácam. Beidh Raidió na Gaeltachta ag ceiliúradh 40 bliain ar an aer i mbliana. Ba ar Dhomhnach Cásca sa bhliain 1972 a thosaigh Raidió na Gaeltachta ag craoladh, lá stairiúil do phobal na Gaeltachta agus na Gaeilge. (Raidió na Gaeltachta)

Sunday Mass will be broadcast from Séipéal Mhic Dara in An Cheathrú Rua, Connemara.  The celebrant is Fr Ciaran de Blácam. (Raidió na Gaeltachta)

Raidió na Gaeltachta is celebrating 40 years on air this year. On Easter Sunday, in 1972, Raidió na Gaeltachta came on air for the first time.  It was an historic day, and the result of a battle hard-won by the Gaeltacht Civil Rights movement for a radio station for the Gaeltacht and Irish-language population of the country. 

2235-2315       Would You Believe? As every Irish schoolchild knows, on Holy Saturday, over 1500 years ago, St Patrick lit a Paschal fire on Slane Hill to banish pagan darkness and transform the Irish into a  Christian people. The trouble is there’s absolutely no evidence that he did anything of the sort. Mick Peelo goes on a journey to find out what we really know for certain about Patrick… from an Archbishop, a Bishop and a mitre-ful of historians and scholars. He discovers that much of our “knowledge” is a mixture of myth and propaganda, which is often in danger of eclipsing what Patrick actually himself revealed about his life, faith and legacy. (RTÉ One TV)

For further information, please call:  Roger Childs (01 208 4586) or Vivienne Flood (01 208 3164) for television enquiries and Joe Hoban (01 208 2399) for radio enquiries.

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