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Sunderland church stars in BBC One programme

Sunderland Minster is to feature in a special episode of Songs of Praise this weekend, titled ‘Sunderland’s Sacred Glass’.

The episode will feature Sunderland’s links to the glassmaking industry, stretching over thirteen hundred years, alongside congregational hymns and songs old and new from across the UK.

Claire McCollum, who is hosting the episode, will also explore the story of Saint Benedict Bioscop, who introduced the tradition of stained-glass windows to the UK.

The episode will feature Revd Chris Howson, Sunderland University Chaplain, discussing the significance of glass blowing in our Christian heritage.

Chris said: It was a great experience and a chance to show off some of the fine examples of stained glass we have in the area

“Stained glass is known as the pew person’s bible, illuminating the stories of the Gospels. Jewels by which we gain glimpses of Heaven.”

Songs of Praise is live on BBC One this Sunday 6 March 2022, 1.15pm.

First published on: 3rd March 2022
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