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Songs of Praise

Preparing for Lent

Duration: 34 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One West MidlandsLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales HD

Sean Fletcher visits Pershore Abbey in Worcestershire to find out how the community is preparing for Lent. Sean assists the rev Claire Lording as she burns last year’s palm crosses ready for the Ash Wednesday service. He hears how members from the local churches go onto the streets offering to pray for passers-by at the Ash Wednesday service. It’s part of a Church of England initiative called ‘Pray One For Me’ and the Bishop of Worcester explains how he came up with the idea. Ahead of Shrove Tuesday, Sean joins the Brownies in the Abbey’s community centre where they are holding a pancake party for friends and family, and following the devastating floods we hear from churches in Hereford and Wales who are helping their communities to cope.

Let All the World – Pershore Abbey
O Worship the King – Pershore Abbey
Waiting Here for You – St Catherine’s Church, Pontypridd
Drop, Drop, Slow Tears– Voces8
What a Friend We Have in Jesus – The Albert Hall, Nottingham
Siyahamba – Victoria Hall, Bolton
How Great Thou Art – Pershore Abbey with Katherine Jenkins
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Sean Fletcher
Jay Lusted
Executive Producer:
Cat Lewis
Executive Producer:
Emyr Afan
Series Producer:
Matthew Napier
Production Company:
Avanti Media

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