In this special Easter episode of TVNZ’s Sunday morning mainstay, original Praise Be host Graeme Thomson introduces hymns from some of the country’s oldest churches. Throughout the country church choirs deliver praise, while Thomson offers intermittent quotes from the bible to remind viewers of the true meaning of Easter. The special includes a hymn performed inside Christchurch’s iconic cathedral, before it was destroyed in the 2011 quakes. Praise Be first debuted in 1986, and has been on air ever since, apart from two years off the air in the mid 2000s.
One of the grand old Easter hymns from Christchurch Cathedral next, a 150-year-old translation of Saint Fulbert of Chartres' hymn, 'Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem'. Saint Fulbert died in 1028, so his words have been sung for close to a thousand years. I wonder how many of today's hymns will survive this millennium.– Presenter Graeme Thomson