“Get up and Flee”

Photo Credit: Alison Tsang
Photo Credit: Alison Tsang

On Tuesday 11th December, JRS UK brought together refugee friends and volunteers to pre-record a service for BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship. Focusing on the Gospel passage that tells of the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt, the recording will be aired on Sunday 30th December and will feature music by Soul Santuary Gospel Choir and the JRS UK Refugee Gospel Choir.

By drawing on the Holy Family and its connections with the story of the Exodus and the voice of Rachel, the service reflects on the experience of the refugees and asylum seekers accompanied by JRS in the UK and the parallels between their lives and the readings we hear.

Led by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, parish priest at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, the service had been crafted alongside refugees and asylum seekers, many of whom read during the service and drafted the prayers.

Sarah Teather, Director of JRS UK, gave a reflection on the readings where she drew upon the stories of some of the friends accompanied by JRS - stories that echoed the feelings and emotions heard in Jeremiah and the Flight to Egypt - and especially on the need to recognise the sufferings within the testimonies and open ourselves up to be moved by this. She said: "we wanted the BBC broadcast to be shaped by and involve the refugees whose lives and experiences have shaped our perspective on the gospel story of the flight to Egypt."

“Our experience of accompanying refugees at JRS is that even in great difficulty God seems very present. We wanted to draw out these often surprising themes of hope and joy in suffering which are also found in the gospel passage. It was wonderful to be able to collaborate with Fr Dominic, Farm Street and Soul Sanctuary in this project and to see the joy on the faces of refugees singing in the choir. We hope the end result is as spiritually fruitful for the listener as it was for us to be involved in.”

The recording will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday Worhsip at 8:10 am on Sunday 30th December.

This article was firts published on JRS UK website.

Photo Credit: Alison Tsang