A slight misunderstanding between me and one of my favourite Christmas elves!
The Christmas Day service at Bath Abbey is being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on the 25th – not on BBC One television.
It’s at 7 am and – according to the BBC website:
‘The service celebrates the joy of Christmas and explores the good news at its heart, with a sermon by the new Bishop of Bath and Wells, The Right Revd. Michael Beasley, asserting that, as Jesus came as God to be with us, God is himself with us and for us, in all the complexities of our humanity. The service also celebrates the Abbey’s links to the late Queen Elizabeth II, and there are prayers for peace and justice following an interview with a refugee from Ukraine.
Hark how the bells (Leontovych arr Wilhousky, Ukraine); O come all ye faithful; Isaiah 9: 6-7; Christmas Bells (Longfellow); Suo gan (Welsh lullaby arr Guest); Luke 2v1-14; Joy to the world; Away in a manger (arr Williams); John 1:1-14; Mary Had a baby (Sargent); O little town of Bethlehem; I wonder as I wander (Rutti); Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
Leader: Rev Stephen Girling, Abbey Missioner; Huw Williams, Director of Music; Martin Baker (Organ) Producer: Philip Billson
The programme will be available on Iplayer shortly after broadcast.