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BBC Radio 4's major series for Holy Week looks at life in our cathedrals now.

Cathedrals still dominate our city centres: once symbols of temporal power, of technological wonder, a vital part of our musical health, and more recently the focus of protest and appeals to a new morality - what do they mean to us now?

A week of original dramas set in a fictional cathedral, and daily features from real ones, explore how our great cathedrals offer an image of the contradictions of faith in twenty-first century Britain.

The People's Passion Mass and Easter Anthem, composed specially for the series by Sasha Johnson Manning, with lyrics written by the poet Michael Symmons Roberts, not only features in the programmes, but has been made freely available by the BBC, and will be sung by over a hundred and forty choirs around Britain and across the world, as we move towards Easter Day.

The People's Passion Mass and Anthem will be broadcast in full on Easter Sunday, as part of Sunday Worship for Easter Day, from Manchester Cathedral.

1/5: Monday: Coming to Jerusalem

by Nick Warburton

Monday morning. Ellen's in early, looking for peace. Paul's at the gates, refusing to pay. Is the Cathedral concentrating on the right things?

The Old Man....David Bradley

Ellen....Adjoa Andoh

Graham....Kim Wall

Paul....Jim Norton

Clive....Don Gilet

Caroline....Alex Tregear

Robert....James Fleet

Priest....Tracy Wiles

Produced and Directed by Jonquil Panting

Original music by Sasha Johnson Manning, with lyrics by Michael Symmons Roberts.

Performed by:

Manchester Chamber Choir, directed by Christopher Stokes, with Jeffrey Makinson (organ), Rob Shorter (tenor), Rebecca Whettam (cello), Jahan Hunter (trumpet) and Holly Marland (recorder).

BBC Singers with Eleanor Gregory (soprano), Margaret Cameron (alto), Chris Bowen (tenor), Stephen Charlesworth (bass) and Andrew Earis (piano).

Andrew Kirk (organ), and the choir of Saint Mary Redcliffe, Bristol.

More People's Passion:

Monday 2nd April at 1345: CEREMONY AND SOCIETY: Rev. Giles Fraser, who resigned as canon chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral in 2011, and David Rennie, political editor of The Economist, visit St Paul's to explore its past - and present - importance.

Tuesday 3rd April at 1345: MUSIC AND MAJESTY: Leading choral conductor David Hill, and senior politician Lord Wallace of Saltaire (once a choirboy at the Coronation) explore the history and the future of the cathedral choir at Westminster Cathedral.

Tuesday 3rd April at 1415: AFTERNOON DRAMA: TUESDAY: BETRAYAL.

Monday morning. Ellen's in early, looking for peace. Paul is at the gates, refusing to pay.