The Queen has despatched a message of congratulations to BBC One’s Songs of Reward because it celebrates its sixtieth anniversary.
The pre-recorded message was broadcast throughout Sunday’s present, which was filmed in Westminster Abbey.
The Queen praised the present for bringing collectively church buildings and displaying Christianity “as a dwelling religion”.
“For 60 years Songs Of Reward has drawn collectively congregations and BBC viewers all through the UK in collective worship,” she mentioned.
“Throughout that point, the programme has proven Christianity as a dwelling religion, not solely by means of hymns and worship songs, but additionally by that includes the many individuals who’ve put their religion on the centre of their lives.
“I congratulate Songs Of Reward and all these concerned within the programme on its sixtieth anniversary.”
Songs of Reward first aired in 1961 and is the world’s longest-running spiritual TV programme.
The primary episode befell within the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cardiff. Since then it has been filmed in church buildings and cathedrals throughout the UK, and stays a Sunday night fixture.
Present host Aled Jones was joined by previous presenters for the celebratory episode.
Patrick Holland, director factual, arts and classical music on the BBC, mentioned the present had grow to be much more essential through the pandemic, when church buildings had been closed.
“For 60 years, Songs of Reward has held a really particular place on BBC One,” he mentioned.
“By no means has this been extra essential than the previous yr – when as church buildings needed to shut their doorways, Songs Of Reward continued to convey collectively folks of religion throughout the UK each Sunday.”
He added: “It’s a nice honour to pay tribute to the world’s longest-running spiritual tv programme – lengthy could it proceed.”