Palm Sunday Songs of Praise


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Palm Sunday

Sally Magnusson presents traditional hymns from All Saints Church, Pittville, Cheltenham, with performances by Only Men Aloud, Mary-Jess and Libera.


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Cheltenham is a festival town.

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As well as racing,

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crowds are drawn to annual gatherings devoted to jazz,

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science, literature and the Greenbelt Christian Festival

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that also takes place on the town's famous racecourse.

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And 2000 years ago in Jerusalem, another festival crowd

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gathered - pilgrims preparing for the Jewish festival of Passover.

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As Jesus entered the city, people praised him by waving palm branches.

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Today, our congregation in All Saints Church

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sing their Palm Sunday songs of praise and there's music from Libera,

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Mary Jess and Only Men Aloud,

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and the Bible's accounts of key moments from Jesus's last week

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are read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

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Jesus chose a humble mount

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when he rode into Jerusalem - a donkey.

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It didn't stop the people acclaiming him, though,

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as Mark's gospel describes.

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"They brought the colt to Jesus

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"and threw their cloaks on it,

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"and he sat on it.

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"Many people spread their cloaks on the road

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"and others spread leafy branches that they'd cut in the fields.

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"Then, those who went ahead and those who followed,

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"were shouting, 'Hosanna,

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"'blessed is the one who comes

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"'in the name of the Lord.'"

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Jesus's entry into Jerusalem was the first act

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in six days of drama that was to lead to his crucifixion.

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Our first hymn powerfully captures the scene on Palm Sunday

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and the contrast within it -

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Jesus's meekness and majesty,

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his impending suffering and glory.

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The days between that first Palm Sunday and Good Friday

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encompass friendship and betrayal,

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selfishness and service.

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One of the most powerful images is that of Jesus the master

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being a servant,

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washing the feet of his disciples at their last meal together.

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"After he had washed their feet and put on his robe

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"and had returned to the table,

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he said to them, "'If I, your Lord and teacher

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"'have washed your feet,

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"'you also ought to wash one another's feet,

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"'for I have set you an example

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"'that you also should do as I have done to you.'"

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WATER TRICKLES

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Jesus's example of service is one that continues to inspire people.

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In Cheltenham, Ben Lillie runs a project called The Rock,

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providing challenging activities for young people,

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from urban street sports to essential life skills.

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The Rock's, I guess, primary calling and purpose

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is to be a hands-and-feet ministry first and foremost.

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We come to serve and actually to kind of get down

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and into the mess of life with the people that we work with.

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We mainly work with young people, pre-16 mainly

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and demonstrating signs of behavioural issues or struggles

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and those who are actually already excluded from education.

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The young people that we work with, in many ways,

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are similar to those that Jesus worked and walked with in his day.

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The tax collectors of their day were rejected,

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and the hoodies of our day are rejected.

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That extraordinary model of Jesus kneeling down

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and washing his disciples' feet,

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his everyday, run-of-the-mill, from-the-street disciples,

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that inspires us to work with everyday, run-of-the-mill people

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who come into our building and we engage with.

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And actually the Bible was so clear when it said,

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"Go and do the same, I've given you an example - go and do the same."

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One of the times when Jesus most shows his human nature

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is in the Garden of Gethsemane.

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Facing a cruel and painful death,

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he prays to his father that this cup of suffering be taken from him.

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They went to a place called Gethsemane.

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And he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray."

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And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground

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and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

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He said, "Abba, Father, for you all things are possible.

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"Remove this cup from me.

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"Yet not what I want, but what you want.

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Jesus's words reflect his trust in God in the direst circumstances.

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Our next piece of music is also a prayer.

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It's written by a 19th century clergyman, George Croly.

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It too is a cry from the heart.

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# Spirit of God, descend upon my heart

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# Wean it from Earth, through all its pulses move

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# Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art

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# And make me love Thee as I ought to love

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# I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies

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# No sudden rending of the veil of clay

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# No angel visitant, no opening skies

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# But take the dimness of my soul away

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# Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love

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# One holy passion filling all my frame

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# The baptism of the heaven-descended dove

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# My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame

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# And Thy love the flame. #

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One of the most dramatic scenes of Holy Week takes place

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when Jesus is tried as a criminal

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in front of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate,

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and, though innocent, is found guilty.

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Now the chief priests and the whole council

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were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death.

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But they found none.

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This story of injustice still resonates today.

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In 2000, Sandi Ncube took part in peaceful protests

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against the government in her native Zimbabwe.

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..Are crushed and crushed fully.

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The Mugabe regime, it is very powerful.

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But our demonstrations were peaceful demonstrations

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but which were taken over by the local authority.

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And they responded through violence.

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They took me to the police station.

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We were beaten and, er... so many things happened.

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People lost their lives, some disappeared.

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We never knew where they went.

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Well, I was...tortured,

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and...you know, horrible things happened as well.

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And...it was just horrible.

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I was in fear of my life.

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If you've never seen the other side of a human being

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turning out to be a... a vicious animal,

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then...you just...

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you just don't trust any more.

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I left Zimbabwe in August 2000, and I came here and seeked asylum.

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And I got my asylum status. I'm a recognised refugee now.

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I've managed to make a life for myself here,

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but even though I'm still scared of the police

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when I see them in the street!

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I think it made me stronger in my faith,

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because whatever I did, I said, "This thing has to happen for a reason."

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I suppose God has the answers for everything,

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and I just put everything in God's hands.

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And maybe that made me get to this stage where I am today.

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I felt safe here,

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and I just thank God every day, to be honest, every day.

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Even if I don't say it loud and say, "Thank God,"

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I just believe God is there.

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# How great a being

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# Which doth all beings keep

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# Thy knowledge, the only line

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# To sound so vast a deep

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# Thou art a sea without a shore

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# A sun without a sphere

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# Thy time is now and evermore

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# Thy place is everywhere

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# How shall I sing that majesty

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# Which angels do admire?

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# Let dust in dust

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# And silence lie

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# Sing, sing ye heavenly choir

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# Thou art a sea without a shore

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# A sun without a sphere

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# Thy time is now and evermore

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# Thy place is everywhere

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# How shall I sing that majesty

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# Which angels do admire?

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# Let dust in dust

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# And silence lie

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# Sing, sing ye heavenly choir. #

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The first thing you see

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as you approach All Saints' Church from Cheltenham town centre

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is the Calvary,

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erected in memory of the men from the parish

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who fell in the First World War.

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The image of Jesus, an innocent man tortured to death

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is at the heart of much Christian art and music.

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Johann Sebastian Bach's Passion Chorale

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depicts the scene in all its darkness.

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"When they came to the place that is called the Skull...

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"..they crucified Jesus there with the criminals.

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"One on his right and one on his left.

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"Then Jesus said,

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"'Father, forgive them

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"'for they do not know what they are doing.'"

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Jesus forgave immediately, but for most of us the road to forgiveness -

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if we are able to walk along it at all - is a long and painful one.

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In 2001, Ray and Vi Donovan's 18-year-old son Chris

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was murdered in a random attack by a group of youths.

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Well, initially, when we were in the hospital

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and they came and told us he'd died,

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I was so angry.

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I was so full of rage.

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I could feel it coming up inside of me.

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It felt as if I was totally out of control and...

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it really wasn't me.

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We got in the car to come home -

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it was in the early hours of the morning -

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and Ray looked at me and said,

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"Vi, as Christians we are going to have to forgive the boys that did this."

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I just went absolutely angry at him, I just screamed at him.

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I said, "I'm not doing that!"

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How did you move from all that anger to forgiveness?

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I went to the court a year later and when I saw the families,

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when I saw the families and realising that everybody's losing here,

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the families of the boys that killed Chris, everybody lost something.

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I lost my son but they really have lost their son somehow,

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haven't they?

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They may get him back physically one day,

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but it will never be the same for them.

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The compassion began to come back into me. God's compassion for them.

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We have a choice.

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You see, I realised later

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that all of my anger was like having a cup of poison

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and I was drinking it and they weren't feeling it, I was.

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It was destroying me, who I was,

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and Chris wouldn't have wanted that, for me.

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So I decide to choose to forgive.

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What happened when you met one of your son's killers?

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I began to look at him in a closer way and when I met him,

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when I walked in that room...

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I was able to tell him that I forgive him.

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I was able to hug him.

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That's remarkable love. Not my kind of love, it wasn't my kind of love.

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I probably would have punched him in the face but...

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God's love inside of you is so overwhelming

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that you can't help but want to give it out.

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I felt compassion for him.

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He was 15 when he went in prison, he is now 25.

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And a man.

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When I heard him say, "I'm sorry,"

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when I heard him say, "I was a coward,"

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when I heard the truth...

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..which is all I ever wanted,

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I just wanted to hug him.

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He's just a boy.

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He could have been my son.

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"Standing near the cross of Jesus,

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"were his mother and his mother's sister,

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"Mary, the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene."

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It must have been the most horrendous thing

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to just sit there and be helpless

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and just watch your son die in front of you.

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It must be the most horrendous thing.

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The pain she would have gone through

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is quite overwhelming to even imagine...

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..but I kind of feel and identify with that now.

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That kind of pain.

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I try not to dwell on it so much

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because it's not a good place to be in.

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I try and use it in a very good way, rather than a negative way,

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cos everything about this situation is negative

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and I'm sure it was true for Mary.

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Everything about it was so negative.

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She was helpless in this situation and...

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..I used it in a positive way.

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If ever an image showed a woman consumed by sorrow,

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it's the depiction of Mary, cradling her dead son

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and it's still a symbol of grief today.

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Our next performance

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is one of the most beautiful pieces of music about Mary.

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It's often used as a funeral anthem.

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# Ave Maria

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# Gratia plena

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# Maria Gratia plena

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# Maria Gratia plena

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# Ave, ave dominus

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# Dominus tecum

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# Benedicta tu in mulieribus

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# Et benedictus

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# Et benedictus fructus ventris

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# Ventris tui Jesus

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# Ave Maria. #

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Christ crucified to draw you to himself.

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To find in him a sure ground for faith,

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a firm support for hope

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and the assurance of sins forgiven.

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And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father,

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the Son and the Holy Spirit

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be upon you and remain with you always.

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-Amen.

-Amen.

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Our final hymn is from the poem

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The Dream of Gerontius by Cardinal Newman.

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It traces the journey of the soul of an aged monk beyond death

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into Christ's presence.

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"View death confidently," it says,

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"in the light of the salvation brought by Christ."

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Next week, for Easter Sunday,

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Aled is in Portsmouth for a special celebration from St Mary's Church

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with glorious Easter hymns,

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festive readings and guest singers

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Paul Jones, Ramin Karimloo and Laura Wright.

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Sally Magnusson presents traditional hymns from All Saints Church, Pittville, Cheltenham, with performances by Only Men Aloud, Mary-Jess and Libera. The story of Jesus's last week is told with Bible readings by Julian Rhind-Tutt.