YOUR CHRISTMAS RADIO AND TELEVISION
FOR the interest and con venience of our readers we give below the main programmes of Catholic interest on radio and television for Christmas week.
THE POPE'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE will be broadcast by Vatican Radio at II a.m. G.M.T. on Tuesday on 31.10, 25.67, 19.84, 41.21 and 196m. The Pope will speak for about 25 minutes from the Hall of Consistories and in the presence of the Cardinals and will end his address with the Papal Benediction.
Other stations broadcasting the message include RADIO EIREANN 530m. and 240m., 10.55 a.m. followed by English translation; HILVERSUM 402m.. 11 a.m. G.M.T. (HILVERSUM will repeat the broadcast on Christmas Day at 11.15 a.m.).
MIDNIGHT MASS will be relased by many European stations. The Pope's Midnight Mass will he broadcast from the Sala Matilde Chapel in the Vatican by VATICAN RADIO starting shortly before 11 p.m. G.M.T. and will be relayed by RADIO EIREANN. (Wavelengths as above.) THE B.B.C. will broadcast Midnight Mass from St. Dominic's
Priory, Havcrstock Hill, London, celebrated by the Provincial Fr. Henry St. John, 0.P., with meditation during Communion by the Prior, Fr. Kieran Mulvey, O.P. Approx. 12.7 midnight.
UN will televise Midnight Mass from the London Oratory, with the Oratory Choir, under their director Henry Washington. There will be an orchestral interlude during the Communion.
RADIO HILVERSUM is relaying Midnight Mass from the Holy Ghost Fathers' Chapel at Gernert, at I1 p.m. G.M.T. on 298m. OTHER programmes are as follows:
Sunday, December 21: Mgr. G. Tomlinson, of London University Chaplaincy. conducts a meditation in preparation for Christmas with the St. Gabriel Singers, and the Neri Orchestra under its conductor Michael Bush, 5.15 p.m. Gen. Overseas service; Ancient and Modern Carols sung by the B.B.C. West of England Singers, 10.15 p.m. Home; Evening Service in preparation for Christmas from St. Michael's, Birmingham, with the Birmingham Catholic choir. Preacher, Archbishop Grimshaw of Birmingham, Benediction by Fr. Joseph Gray, the parish priest, 7.45 p.m. Midland. Every Christmas morning the B.B.C. broadcasts a delightful programme of bells, bells of churches, cathedrals, chapels at home turd abroad. Among them, and certainly the most impressive are the bells of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem which covers the crypt Chapel of the Manager. shown in this picture.
Monday, December 22: A choral concert contains Cantata in Honorein Mariac Morris' Dei (Rubhra), 9 p.m. Third. Wednesday, December 24: A Czech Christmas Mass sung by the Czech Singers Chorus and the Prague Radio Orchestra, 9 p.m. Third.
Christmas Day: David Lloyd James takes you on a Carol Journey through Czechoslovakia, France, Greece. Italy, Portugal and Yugoslavia, 10.15 a.m. Home; John Lowe conducts the Midland Singers and Orchestra in "Born this joyful morning", 8.20 a.m. Midland.
ITV (MIDLAND) Each day during December the programmes are opening at 12.40 p.m. with "A thought for the week" by Fr. Columba Ryan, O.P., Prior of Hawkesyard.
RADIO FIR EANN Athlone S30m. Dublin and Cork 240m.
Sunday, December 21: High Mass from the Holy Ghost Missionary College, Kimmage Manor, Dublin, 10.30 a.m.; "The Christmas Candle", a Nativity Play by Saunders Lewis, translated from Welsh by Robert Wynne, 8.30 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Christmas Retreat for the Sick: A Dialogue Mass, with address by Fr. Dermot Ryan, 9.15 a .m.
Christmas Day: High Mass from Kimmage. 10.30 a.m.; Handel's
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