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: St. Francis of Assisi: A Celebration of the Seventh Centenary

Arranged by Mr. G. K. Chesterton
The Wireless Chorus and Orchestra: Conducted by Standford Robinson
IT is seven hundred years to-day since the death of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the greatest saints of the Middle Ages, and the man who, himself a wandering ascetic and mystic, founded the great order of Friars which spread all over Christendom and remains powerful and vigorous to this day. Like so many of the saints, Francis began his career as a man of the world, and a soldier, and his conversion to the spiritual life was sudden, but complete. Francis spent the first three years of his new life wandering in rags and poverty round his native town-one of those lovely hill-top cities of Umbria, in Central Italy, now chiefly remarkable for his shrine. In 1209 he began to preach, his first disciples gathered round him, and the Franciscan Order was formed. It grow rapidly, but its founder remained still the 'Poverello' - the poor man of Assisi, loving poverty and dreading possessions and wealth, preaching to the birds, talking of 'Brother Fire' and 'Sister Water,' being captured by the Saracens so that he could preach to the Soldan of Egypt, and finally dying in the Portiuncula at Assisi, the little settlement in a ruined chapel in which he had received his first call to preach.
So strange and beautiful a character needs a peculiarly gifted interpreter. Mr. Chesterton, who has organized and arranged this afternoon's programme, has all the qualifications for the part. Himself as original a genius as any of our age-for he is a journalist who is also a mystic - he can understand the complexity that underlies the naivete of the Saint. Mr. Chesterton has written in praise of beer and 'pubs' and Battersea, and against grocers and creches and eugenics, but essentially he is always on the side of the angels. His book, 'The Everlasting Man,' was a real contribution to modern philosophy, and his life of St. Francis is recognized as one of the most successful essays in the interpretation of the Saint's character and work.


Arranged By: Mr. G. K. Chesterton
Unknown: Stanford Robinson

: The Rt. Rev. L.H. Gwynne, D.D. Bishop of Egypt and the Sudan

Dr. Gwynne has spent over twenty-five years in Egypt and the Sudan, where he has had a very busy and adventurous career. During the war he served as Chaplain with the Expeditionary Force in France. He is a brother of Mr. H.A. Gwynne, the editor of the Morning Post.


Speaker: The Rt. Rev. Dr. L.H. Gwynne


, relayed from the LOUGHBOROUGH
WAR MEMORIAL CARILLON (Carilloneur : W. E. JORDAN ). S.B. from Nottingham


Unknown: E. Jordan


Conducted by Sir H. WALFORD DAVIES , Mus.Doe. (under the auspices of the British Federation of Musical Competitive Festivals), relayed from CHESTER CATHEDRAL
Now Thank We All Our God
0 Worship the King
As With Gladness Men of Old
0 God Our Help in Ages Past


Conducted By: Sir H. Walford Davies

: Address

by the Right Rev. HENRY LUKE
PAGET, D.D., Bishop of Chester
Rejoice, the Lord is King
Glory to Thee, My God, this Night
For All the Saints ..... arr. Vaughan Williams


Unknown: Rev. Henry Luke


: The Royal Free
Hospital. Appeal by the Rt. lion. Lord RIDDELL
THE Royal Free Hospital (for men, women, and children), which celebrates its centenary next year, is one of the twelve great hospitals in London which provide facilities for medical education. The London (R.F.H.) School of Medicine for Women has been associated with it since 187-7, and 800 babies are born in the Hospital every year. Altogether 4,700 in-patients and 48,000 out-patients (including thousands of casualty patients) were treated last year. The annual expenditure upon maintenance is no less than £62,000, while the reliable sources of income do not exceed £42,000.
Lord Riddell, the President of the Royal Free Hospital, is the well-known newspaper proprietor, chairman of several of the newspaper trade organizations, and the author of ' Some Things that Matter ' and ' More Things that Matter.' He has represented the British Press at Peace Conferences and at the Washington Conference on Disarmament.
Subscriptions should be addressed to [address removed]


Unknown: Sir Francis Layland-Barratt


GENERAL NEWS BULLETIN; Local Announcements


(In Celebration of Manchester's Civic Week.)
Relayed from the HIPPODROME, MANCHESTER S.B. from Manchester
0 God, Our Help in Ages Past


Soprano: Bella Baillie
Bass: Norman Allin
Bass: Arthur Catterall
Conductor: T. H. Morrison

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