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RTÉ Religious Programmes for Easter

Religious Programmes for Holy Week and Easter, 2015
On RTÉ Television and Radio

Thursday 2nd April - Holy Thursday

1640-1740 Mass of the Lord's Supper Fr Louis Illah, Chaplain of St Joseph's School, Navan, celebrates Mass in the RTÉ studios with the school's choir and pupils. Music is led by David Burke. The liturgy commemorates the Last Supper and includes the annual ceremony of foot-washing, in memory of Jesus's famous demonstration of servitude. (Live on RTÉ One TV + delayed broadcast on Radio 1 Extra / LW 252/Digital Platforms at 1900)

2000-2200 The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott Tonight Paul Herriott presents two interpretations of the Stabat Mater for this Holy Thursday: Boccherini: Stabat mater, D'Astorga: Stabat mater - The Choir of the Kings' Consort; Susan Gritton, Sarah Fox (soprano), Susan Bickley (mezzo), Paul Agnew (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass), Robert King (conductor). (RTÉ Lyric FM)

Friday 3rd April - Good Friday

1000-1400 Niall Carroll's Classical Daytime.
Coffee Concert:
England: Royal Albert Hall, London.
Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K. 626: Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano), Jeremy Ovenden (tenor), Neal Davis (bass), National Youth Choir of Scotland, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Donald Runnicles (conductor)
At 1:30pm, a live performance for Good Friday of Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross with reader Barry McGovern and the RTÉ Contempo Quartet live from the National Concert Hall, Dublin. (RTÉ Lyric FM)

1345-1400 Feasting and Fasting, a Reflection on Good Friday by Aidan Mathews. (RTÉ Radio One. All wavelengths.)

1400-1500 Music for Good Friday with Tim Thurston. Over the centuries, composers have written some of the most intense and beautiful music for Holy Week, especially to enrich the services of Good Friday. To mark the most solemn moment in the Christian calendar, Tim Thurston introduces a rich selection of music from a variety of styles, including Gregorian plainchant and works by Allegri, Sheryngham, Valentini, Lotti, JS Bach, Pergolesi, Haydn, Rossini, Lukaszewski and King John IV of Portugal. (RTE Radio 1 FM only)

1400-1445 A Methodist service of Worship for Good Friday from Trinity College Chapel, led by one of the chaplains, the Rev. Julian Hamilton, with music from the Trinity Chapel Choir. (RTE Radio 1 Extra/252 LW/digital platforms)

1455-1600 Solemn Celebration of the Lord's Passion from the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Rathdowney, Co. Laois. Celebrant: Fr. Martin Delaney PP; Liturgical Music from the Combined Choirs of Rathdowney and Errill, directed by Maureen Gilfoyle, featuring uilleann piper Billy Carrigan.

Each year the people of Rathdowney participate in the liturgy of Holy Week in a special way. This year, parts of the liturgical cross will be carried from home to home within the parish. In each home prayers will be offered and petitions written on five pieces of the liturgical cross which will be assembled during the solemn celebration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday. (Simulcast on RTÉ One and RTÉ Radio 1 LW252 / 1 Extra / digital platforms.)

1500-1600 Searmanas na Páise. Searmanas Aoine an Chéasta beo ó Shéipeál Chúil Aodha, Co. Chorcaigh. Léiriú: Jeaic Ó Muircheartaigh. (RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.)

1900-2000 The Lyric Feature : Musica Arcana : The Secret Life of Allegri's Miserere. During Easter 1770, a 14-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his father Leopold attended Holy Week services at the Sistine chapel in the Vatican. There, he heard a setting of Psalm 51, Miserere Mei by Gregorio Allegri, which was considered so precious by the Vatican that it forbade the making of copies and threatened any publication or attempted copy with ex-communication. Mozart heard it twice and transcribed it faithfully from memory, thus creating the first known unauthorised copy, now lost. To this day, musicians try to reconstruct what Mozart heard. But how different is Allegri's original from these versions and what has happened over the years to transform the work. Brian McIvor travels to Rome with author Fr Michael Collins and unravels the mystery with the help of conductor Roy Goodman, singer and scholar Sally Dunkley of The Sixteen, broadcaster Tim Thurston and others. First broadcast December 2014. (RTÉ Lyric FM)

2000-2200 The Friday Concert with Paul Herriott. Paul Herriott presents JS Bach's magisterial telling of the Easter Story: St. Matthew Passion, arguably the greatest of all musical masterpieces. James Oxley, Evangelist (tenor), Róisín O'Grady (soprano), Sharon Carty (mezzo-soprano), Eamonn Mulhall (tenor), Padraic Rowan (bass-baritone), Philip O'Reilly, Christus (bass), RTÉ Cór na nÓg. RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Robert Howarth (conductor). (RTÉ Lyric FM)

Saturday, 4th April - Holy Saturday

2300-0030 Solemn celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass from the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Rathdowney, Co. Laois. Celebrant: Fr. Martin Delaney PP; Liturgical Music from the Combined Choirs of Rathdowney and Errill, directed by Maureen Gilfoyle. (Simulcast on RTÉ One and RTÉ Radio 1 LW252 / 1 Extra / digital platforms.)

Sunday 5th April - Easter Sunday

0800-1000 Gloria. Tim Thurston guides you through a millennium of sacred music featuring Gregorian chant, pure solo voices and choral masterpieces, framed around the glorious music of J.S. Bach. Celebrating Easter Sunday with an Earthquake Mass, a visit to St. Mark's in Venice, one of Bach's most sublime Cantatas and music by John Tavener from Chanticleer. (RTÉ Lyric FM)

0915-1100 Mass for Easter Sunday celebrated by Pope Francis, in St Peter's Square, Vatican City, with live
commentary and translation by Fr Thomas McCarthy, OP. (RTÉ One) Followed directly by...

1100-1130 Urbi et Orbi: Pope Francis' Easter Message to the world, also with commentary by Fr Thomas McCarthy, OP. (RTÉ One)

1000-1300 Sunday Spirit. Michael Comyn presents a mixture of conversation, music, features and acquired international programming, reflecting the world of contemporary religious belief in Ireland and beyond. This weekly programme incorporates Mass (1100-1145) and a Service (1145-1230). See below for details. (RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW 252)

1100-1145 Mass from the Church of St. Mary & St. Michael, New Ross. The celebrant is Fr Joseph McGrath. Music comes from the Parish Choir. (RTÉ Radio One LW252 / 1 Extra/DAB only.)

1130-1215 Aifreann an Domhnaigh. Aifreann Dhomhnach Cásca beo ó Shéipeál Chúil Aodha, Co. Chorcaigh. Léiriú: Jeaic Ó Muircheartaigh. (RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.)

1130-1215 Easter Sunday Service Service of the Word with congregation from Hillhall Presbyterian Church, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, led by the Rev. Paul Jamieson (RTÉ One. This service can also be heard on RTÉ Radio 1 LW252/1 Extra/Digital Platforms at 11.45am.)

1900-2000 A World of Song. On A World of Song, Liz Nolan celebrates Easter with Verdi's powerhouse opera I Vespri Siciliani- a drama of love and rebellion, set beneath burning Sicilian skies. Also, choral music to welcome the arrival of spring, with the Flower Songs of Britten, and renaissance madrigals. (RTÉ Lyric FM)

1930-2000 Life Matters. In the time it takes you to read this sentence, 22 babies will have been born somewhere in the world. In an era of dwindling resources, shrinking habitats and aging populations, Seán Duke and Colette Kinsella explore the ethics of population control and ask, do we really need fewer people or should we simply get better organised? (RTÉ Radio 1)

2230-2330 Passion - a Would You Believe? Special. In 2014, the residents of Nicker and Pallas Green, a small community in rural Co. Limerick, staged Ireland's first 24-hour Passion play. A drama without script, performed by amateurs, it demanded that its cast dig deep, not only into their understanding of the 2000 year old Easter story, but deep into themselves. In doing so, they discovered passion in the fullest sense, producing a profoundly moving, even life-changing work of dramatic art that transcended its participants' ideas of religion and left many who saw it stunned. This remarkable documentary captures all that PASSION. (RTÉ One TV.)

RTE Religious Programmes for Easter