Next Episode of Songs of Praise is
Season 2017 / Episode 39 and airs on 24 September 2017 16:00
Songs of Praise is a BBC Television religious programme that presents Christian hymns which first aired in October 1961. The first edition was broadcast from the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cardiff, and the series is one of the longest-running of its kind on television anywhere in the world.
To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, Songs of Praise celebrates how she broke down barriers through her amazing charity work and meets those who benefitted. At the Mildmay Aids Hospital in London, Pam Rhodes talks to a nurse and the mother of a patient who Diana met before he died. Sally Magnusson journeys to Nepal to discover the impact Diana made by shaking hands with patients who had leprosy, and Aled Jones takes a personal tour of the newly created memorial White Garden at Kensington Palace.
Claire McCollum travels to County Mayo in Ireland to join thousands of pilgrims as they climb Ireland's holy mountain - Croagh Patrick. Sean Fletcher visits another point of major interest for pilgrims, Knock Shrine. Sally Magnusson travels to Nepal to reveal how mountaineer Doug Scott is giving something back to the people. And Claire tells the story of the Celtic Christian who became a pirate queen. There is also a spectacular performance of Amazing Grace by Celtic Woman.
Katherine Jenkins travels to the monastery on Caldey Island, just off the coast from the holiday resort of Tenby in west Wales, to sample monastic life in the 21st century. This monastery funds itself through its own businesses and small enterprises, and Katherine is guided around the monastery by Brother David, one of its longest-serving monks. Josie d'Arby meets the father-and-son duo behind the choir Angelicus Celtis, who were Britain's Got Talent semi-finalists. With hymns and songs from the beach at Tenby Harbour.
Aled Jonesis in the seaside town of Eastbourne during its famous International Air Show. He takes to the skies with the Blades aerobatic display team and meets a 95-year-old World War II pilot who is supported by their charity work. Aled also meets one of the RAF's first female pilots, who swapped the cockpit for the pulpit, and Pam Rhodes visits a charity making aviation accessible to people with disabilities. Hymns come from the Eastbourne Bandstand with worship leader Lou Fellingham leading the 1,000-strong congregation.
Aled Jones and JB Gill are at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show to celebrate harvest. Aled tries his hand at herding ducks, while JB Gill finds out about the show's long Christian heritage and meets the world's leading rugby referee, who talks about his faith. With hymns from the sheep-shearing shed.
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