Christmas Meditation

The Reverend Mark Oakley, Canon Treasurer of St Paul's Cathedral, gives a contemporary reflection on the meaning of Christmas.

Producer: Mark O'Brien.

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19991226

Bishop Richard Holloway reflects on the subject of CHRISTMAS and focuses on the poetry of unbelief, including works by Hardy, Betjeman and Larkin.

And poet Stewart Henderson reads his own thoughts on the festive period.

20041226

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Roman Catholic Archbishop of St Andrew's and Edinburgh, considers the message of CHRISTMAS for the human family.

20051226

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, reflects on the mystery of the Incarnation as he contemplates an Anglo-Saxon whalebone casket depicting the story of the Nativity.

20061226

Desmond Tutu reflects on the God who reveals Himself in the birth of a tiny baby.

20071226

The hopes and fears of all the years, with the Rt Rev Lord Richard Harries of Pentregarth.

20081226

Dr James Hanvey SJ, director of the Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life, leads a spiritual reflection on the incarnation at the end of Christmas Day.

20091226

Michael Morpurgo, former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of books including Private Peaceful and War Horse, reflects on the magic of storytelling at Christmas.

Part of the BBC Christmas 2009 season.

Children's author Michael Morpurgo reflects on the magic of storytelling at Christmas.

20101226

With Cambridge University's Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology, Simon Conway Morris.

Cambridge University's Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology Simon Conway Morris reflects on the mystery of the incarnation from perspectives of science and faith.

Producer: Philip Billson.

20111226

The Reverend Mark Oakley, Canon Treasurer of St Paul's Cathedral, gives a contemporary reflection on the meaning of Christmas.

Producer: Mark O'Brien.

20121226

A reflection on the meaning of Christmas with author and blogger Catherine Fox.

Just as everyone is doing the washing up and waving off the last guests Catherine Fox reflects on how the message of Christmas can feel both too big and very small at the same time.

Having just moved to the city of Liverpool, she takes us into Liverpool's vast Anglican cathedral which is the largest in the country. And yet there inside the tallest, widest, longest nave, architect Giles Gilbert Scott put one of his smallest buildings - the red telephone box. You could step inside, pick up the receiver and phone anyone in the world.. But what would you say?

Using memories from childhood Christmases, and experiences of being a mother herself, she spends time thinking about the big and small things in life which can help to define our faith and our questioning. And with the nativity story all around, where do such thoughts take us to on Christmas night?'

In a profound, honest and down to earth reflection Catherine Fox mixes her own personal style - which will be well known to all those who regularly read her blogs or know her in the Twitter community as @FictionFox - with some beautiful Christmas carols to present an evocative and thought-provoking close to Christmas Day.

20131226

A reflection on the meaning of Christmas, with author and columnist Peter Hitchens.

For many, Christmas Day is a special time of celebration with family and friends after weeks of excited preparation. For others, it's a time of solitude to be dreaded following weeks of commercial and social pressures.

As another Christmas Day draws to a close, Peter Hitchens draws on his own memories and experiences as he reflects on the questions: What was it all for? and Was it all worth it?

20141226

Milton Jones reflects on Christmas.

Famous for his 10 Second Sermons, comedian Milton Jones offers witty and winsome thoughts on the spirit of Christmas at the conclusion of the day's festivities.

20151226
20151226

A reflection on the meaning of Christmas, with theologian and writer Tina Beattie.

A reflection on the meaning of Christmas, with Tina Beattie, theologian and writer. Tina looks back on 2015 and tells us how events have influenced her Christmas. In her first year as a Grandmother, she recalls the birth of her own son, on Boxing Day. He is now a father and her memories reflect on how generations of family cope with the fears and hopes of the coming year.

The music of Simon and Garfunkel, The sounds of Silence, Christmas in the Holy Land: St Luke's Gospel 2:3-12, Monks of the Syrian Church and Kim Andre Arnesen's Magnificat, Tina Beattie's music choice for the Christmas meditation.

Readers: Juliet Stevenson and Sir John Gielgud

Tina Beattie is a member of the Catholic Women Speak who have published "Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table" published by Paulist Press: catholicwomenspeak.com.

Producer: Carmel Lonergan.

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Papa Panov by Leo Tolstoy. Read by Joss Ackland. Producer Julia Wills

Contributors

Unknown: Leo Tolstoy.

Read By: Joss Ackland.

Producer: Julia Wills

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Unknown: Leo Tolstoy.

Read By: Joss Ackland.

Producer: Julia Wills

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led by the Rev Patience Purchas.