Relayed from The Central Hall, F.M. Presbyterian Church, Newport.
Organ Voluntary, Arthur E. Sims, L.R.A.M.
Hymn, 'Man of Sorrows'
Hymn, 'Low in the grave He lay'
Solo by Doris Morgan
Offertory Hymn, 'Glorious things of Thee are spoken'
Sermon by the Rev. H.G. Howell
Hymn, 'Abide with me'
Benediction and Vesper
(9.15 Local News)
An Oratorio by Sir Herbert Brewer.
Mavis Bennett (Soprano), Herbert Thorpe (Tenor)
The Station Repertory Chorus
The Station Orchestra
Conducted by Sir Herbert Brewer
In Luke xxiv we have the story of the Walk to Emmaus. Two disciples, who had been told of Christ's rising from the dead, and who had not believed, walked on that day to Emmaus. "Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know Him". The travellers, being asked why they were sad, told their companion of the events of three days ago - of Jesus' death and burial, and of the fact that His body was no longer in the tomb. They "trusted that it had been He who should have redeemed Israel", but they could not conceive this end as anything but a tragedy.
"Then He said unto them, "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?" And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself".
That night, when Jesus stayed with them in the village, "He took bread and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened and they knew Him, and He vanished out of their sight".
The poet, Lamartine, in his Les Preludes, puts the question 'Is Life anything but a series of Preludes to the song that Death begins?' He pictures the bliss of Love and the tempests of Life that wreck human happiness.
The unhappy one takes refuge in quiet retirement, away from his fellow-men, but when the trumpet calls him to action he flings himself into the fight, finding in battle the full realization of his powers. Lamartine's poetic ideas appealed to Liszt, and in the Symphonic poem which we are now going to hear he very graphically depicts its scenes.