For Easter Sunday, KLRU and KLRU-Q will feature specials on the origins and mysteries of the Christian church and more.
Celebration of Peace Through Music – April 5 at 1 pm
Recorded live at Georgetown University’s DAR Constitution Hall, Celebration of Peace Through Music honors the 2014 canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII by Pope Francis. Concert conductor Sir Gilbert Levine, dubbed “The Pope’s Maestro” for creating and conducting concerts for Pope John Paul II for 17 years, leads soloists and world-class orchestral and vocal ensembles in a moving musical tribute to these three spiritual leaders. Selections include Copeland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” “Ancient Polish Marian Hymn,” Verdi’s “Messa Da Requiem” and others. Each work reflects the popes’ shared commitment to promoting interfaith understanding and peace around the world.
Peter and Paul and the Christian Revolution
Part 1: The Rock and the River – April 5 at 3 pm
With their Messiah executed, their dreams crushed and their cause deemed subversive by the strongest empire the world had ever seen, Jesus’s followers faced a bleak future. Their movement seemed destined for extinction. Incredibly, though, Jesus’s survivors turned defeat to victory; devastation to jubilation. By one account, it happened on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where Simon Peter and others envisioned the risen Jesus. Re-infused with hope and determination, Peter became an indomitable figure who would unite his group into a tight community of ardent believers. Dark days were coming however — days of persecution, imprisonment and dispersal. And when they arrived, Peter found support from an unexpected source. His name was Paul. Paul had a startling revelation that led him to embrace Peter’s faith as his own. It was a turning point in history. For once inspired, Paul turned his formidable talents to the task of spreading his new cause around the Roman Empire. Paul was educated, passionate and determined. But he was also dogmatic. And soon, he would be at the center of the most divisive conflict yet to face the young Jesus movement.
Part 2: The Empire and the Kingdom — April 5 at 4 pm
Spread outside Judea by missionaries likePeter and Paul, the Jesus movement caught on quickly among Jews and non-Jews around the Roman Empire. With success, however, came challenges: challenges from hostile locals, imperial forces and from conflicting ideas within the movement itself. Paul — adamant that there was no time for conversions — fell into open and angry confrontation with some of the oldest Jesus followers. Peter, it seems, tried to mediate the conflict. “The Rock” became a stepping stone between the camps and, for a crucial period, helped keep the movement together. But the center could not hold. Paul struck out on his own, planting churches in his image around the Mediterranean and writing letters that would become central to all later Christian theology. Finally, in 70 AD, disaster struck the headquarters of the Jesus followers. After decades of rising tension, Judea erupted in revolt against Rome. War had been raging for four years. And when Rome finally established control, it destroyed much of Jerusalem; it torched the sacred Temple and enslaved the population. The scorched ground of Judea could no longer nurture a Jewish Jesus movement. And in the end, it was Paul’s communities that would grow and change into the churches we know today.
Painted Churches of Texas — April 5 at 5 pm
From the outside, they look like many American country churches built around the turn of the last century — arched Gothic Revival windows, facades clad in white frame siding or in stone, lone steeples rising up into the Texas sky. Cross the threshold of these particular Texas churches and you’ll encounter not a simple wooden interior but an unexpected profusion of color. Nearly every surface is covered with bright painting: exuberant murals radiate from the apse, elaborate foliage trails the walls, wooden columns and baseboards shine like polished marble in shades of green and gray. These are the Painted Churches of Texas. Built by 19th century immigrants to this rough but promising territory, these churches transport the visitor back to a different era, a different way of life.
Pilgrimage With Simon Reeve: Canterbury – 3:55 pm
Simon Reeve tries medieval food and and visits the Lincoln Cathedral on a 400-mile journey to Canterbury.
Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve Europe – 4:55 pm
Simon Reeve travels from northern France to northern Spain and then crosses Western Europe to Rome.
Time Scanners Petra — 5:55 pm
Structural engineer Steve Burrows leads his team of laser-scanning experts to Jordan to scan the ancient desert city of Petra. Using 3D laser-scanning technology, he wants to uncover its construction secrets and shed new light on this architectural wonderland lost to the West for more than 1,000 years.
Mystery of Mary Magdalene –6:55 pm
Melvyn Bragg sets out to unravel the many questions surrounding one of the Bible’s most enigmatic and controversial figures. In the gospel accounts Mary Magdalene plays a central role in the Easter story. She is there at the cross when Jesus is crucified and she is the key witness to the resurrection. So why do so many people believe that Mary Magdalene was the seductive prostitute redeemed by Christ despite there being no reference to it in the Bible? This compelling documentary uncovers the real story behind Mary Magdalene’s legendary status, from her vital role in the first centuries of Christianity to her portrayal in Jesus Christ Superstar and The Da Vinci Code.
David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter part 1 — 8:00 pm
The actor traces the life of St Peter, from lowly fisherman on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to Jesus’ closest confidant who would betray his trust as an apostle in the fabled denial, and finally to the the figure regarded by the Roman Catholic Church as the first pope and bishop of Rome. In the first of two programmes, David seeks out the man behind the biblical stories, looking at how he carved an identity as both leader and flawed believer during the earliest days of Christianity.
David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter part 2 — 9:00 pm
The actor traces the life of Jesus’ close confidant and apostle, St Peter, by looking at the New Testament’s account of him taking charge after the Messiah’s death. In the second part of his exploration, David wonders how a man who had previously been painted as an impetuous and confused character could have filled the shoes of such a charismatic leader. He also assesses the evidence that suggests Peter was eventually martyred as the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve Jerusalem — 10:00 pm
Simon Reeve follows in the footsteps of travelers who made long, dangerous journeys to Jerusalem.