Thursday, 24 December 2015

BBC Gaelic Christmas Service

BBC Gaelic Christmas Service

BBC TV Alba’s Gaelic Carol service with a difference: American Gospel and traditional carols with Gaelic voices and a little documentary thrown in about the Gaelic Gospel Choir.  (Who would have thought salsa, the dance not the condiment, would be a useful training tool for choirs – watch the programme and you will understand.)

For those like myself not blessed with Gaelic there are on-screen English subtitles for the dialogue and preaching.  The preacher is Rev Chris MacRae of Kilmallie Free Church of Scotland, the evangelical and orthodox Presbyterian denomination to which I also belong. He preached a short, simple cross centred gospel message on how God brings peace through Christ crucified.  (The BBC producer would have set the time limit.)

The program airs twice: Christmas Eve at 11:00 p.m. and Christmas Day at 4:55 p.m. and is available to play on demand on the BBC Alba website:

It is encouraging and deeply appreciated that at least one section of the BBC still gives authentic evangelical Christianity a voice – even if it is a Gaelic only voice. Enjoyable and edifying watching.

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