Page 5, 20th April 1945

20th April 1945
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Page 5, 20th April 1945 — 8th iiRMY RADIOS HIGH MASS

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Organisations: Army Radio
People: Denis Gibson, Fr
Locations: Algiers


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From a Soldier Correspondent

On Low Sunday, April 8, High Mass was celebrated by three Army chaplains in a cathedral in the forward sector of the 8th Army Front. The whole of the Mass was broadcast by the 8th Army Radio Station. It was the first time that a hrnadcast had ever been done from this beautiful and historic cathedral, and the Italian civilians who attended the Military Mass looked with wonderment at the three microphones—one at the altar rails to pick up the sermon, one on the Epistle side of the altar,. and one in the body of the church to pick up the singing.

The Mass—a Perosi Mass—was celebrated by Fr. Scanlon, senior chaplain with the 8th Army. He was assisted by two other 8th Army chaplains, Fr. J. Crawford as deacon and Fr. Denis Gibson as sub-deacon. Fr. Gibson, a Redemptionist, gave the short address. The choir of students and seminarians sang extremely well, and the reception of the broadcast was first-class. It is hoped to repeat this' history-making event at a later date. We hope the next occasion will be one of thanksgiving for peace.

A word about the 8th Army Radio Station. It is a part of the new Army broadcasting service which started in Algiers over a year ago. The story of B4—as this station is called—is unique in history because it is entirely mobile and sets out to provide an almost continuous daily programme of news and entertainment (recorded and " live") for the forward forces.

One of its most popular features is a request programme called " Home Mail." If you have a loved one serving on this battlefront and would like to send him a message through B4, send a letter-card with a short message and a request for a record. The address of the station is, "134 Army Broadcasting Station, C.M.F."

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