His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan to Launch Special Advent Series on SIRIUS XM

November 24, 2010

NEW YORK, NY (MetroCatholic) announced today that His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, the former Archbishop of New York, will return to The Catholic Channel to host an exclusive five-part radio series created by His Eminence and dedicated to the season of Advent.

The Spirit of Advent: In Scripture, Story and Song will debut Saturday, November 27 (9:00 – 10:00 am ET) on The Catholic Channel, SIRIUS channel 159 and XM channel 117, and will feature a new edition each Saturday during the Advent season plus a special finale airing Christmas Eve.

The program will replay several times each weekend, including Saturday (3:00 pm ET and 7:00 pm ET) and Sunday (8:00 am ET, 12:00 pm ET, 2:00 pm ET and 9:00 pm ET).

Cardinal Egan has designed this series of Advent specials to give listeners a deeper and richer perspective on the teachings and traditions of Advent, with the benefit of Cardinal Egan’s experiences from parish priest to Vatican scholar to head of the Archdiocese of New York, his extensive study of the scriptures, his talent for telling a tale or two, and his passion for celebrating Advent not only through words but also through music.  The series combines scripture with personal stories and powerful song to inform and inspire in a new way.

His Eminence will focus on the season’s anticipation of the birth of Christ through the scripture and music of each week’s liturgy, explaining the significance of the readings and discussing a particular song selection, and sharing his own memories and anecdotes from more than 50 years in the priesthood.  

A lifelong music enthusiast and accomplished classical pianist, the Cardinal will talk with his audience about the differences between Advent music and Christmas music, the lyrics and history of the hymns and why they are chosen for the mass.  Song selections will include Advent hymns like “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and “Lead Kindly Light,” and joyous Christmas songs such as “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.”

Cardinal Egan said, “It is a joy for me to return to The Catholic Channel, particularly during this wondrous season of Advent.  It is my hope that our programs, The Spirit of Advent, will help our listeners better understand the longing that we feel as we anticipate the birth of Our Savior, which culminates in the great joy of Christmas.”

Cardinal Egan retired as Archbishop of New York in 2009 after nearly nine years in that position.  In 2006, he played an instrumental role in creating and launching the Catholic Channel on SIRIUS XM, where he hosted a weekly talk show, A Conversation with the Cardinal.  Cardinal Egan saw the channel as an important and unprecedented opportunity for the Church to utilize the modern medium of satellite radio to communicate directly with a nationwide audience.  

Today the Catholic Channel is a contemporary and effective way for the Catholic Church to deliver its message and teaching 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and serves as a forum that encourages people from all walks of life to call in and be a part of the daily discussion on faith and modern day life.

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