Armagh will hit homes across the UK next Sunday when he appears on the hugely popular TV show ‘Songs of Praise’.
The long-running faith-based show will focus on Ireland’s ecclesiastical capital in the 35-minute episode.
The BBC One lunchtime favorite will be hosted by Northern Ireland presenter Claire McCollum.
The Carrickfergus native will learn a lot of what Armagh has to offer and delve into its history and its people.
She will meet Christians in the city of Armagh and discover how the faith has flourished here through the ages.
According to the BBC One pre-show, she will visit “the cathedral city of Armagh to discover how it became the center of the Christian faith in Ireland after St Patrick built his first stone church on a hill in the city”. .
And he adds: “The city is now home to two great cathedrals, one for the Church of Ireland and the other for the Roman Catholic Church.
“Claire visits the foundations of the first stone church of St Patrick, where archaeologists have found evidence of pre-Christian worship at the same site, and meets the Reverend Shane Forster to learn how faith shaped the town’s identity and of its inhabitants.”
Claire will also visit the Armagh Observatory, founded by Archbishop Richard Robinson in 1789, to establish Armagh as a center of science and religion.
There, she meets a doctoral student at the Observatory — to learn more about the Christian ethos of the research center — and peers through the world’s oldest telescope which is still housed in its original dome.
For the good people of Armagh, home will always be ‘the county of the orchard’, but viewers will see how well-deserved the name is, as Claire goes apple-picking with a Christian family during harvest to find out the role what faith plays in agriculture.
It’s not the first time that Songs of Praise has come out of Armagh; Eamonn Holmes once hosted the City of Saints and Scholars show.
But certainly many will agree that we have been waiting a long time for a return visit!
With locally recorded music from Ballymena, Down Cathedral in Downpatrick and Orangefield Presbyterian, Belfast, and a special performance by Blessing Annatoria, Songs of Praise from Armagh will air on BBC One on Sunday October 23 at 1.15pm.
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