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Wednesday, 27 November, 2002, 11:59 GMT
Hymns' role after 9/11 disasters
Americans singing in St Paul's Cathedral
The hymns featured were sung at Ground Zero
A Scottish university lecturer is appearing in a network television programme in the US to speak about the role played by hymns following the 11 September terrorist attacks.

Reverand Ian Bradley, a theology lecturer at the University of St Andrews School of Divinity, is taking part in the programme to be shown across America on Thursday to mark Thanksgiving Day.

"Hymns of Hope and Healing" is based on the 11 September terror atrocities and tells the story behind a number of timeless hymns which have provided hope and inspiration to people working at Ground Zero.

Dr Bradley, one of only two British interviewees in the programme, provides expert commentary on the meaning of the hymns.

St Andrews
Parts of St Andrews feature in the programme

He has published books in the areas of contemporary British Christianity, Celtic Christianity, worship, hymnody and pastoral care.

The hymns featured in the programme include Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art and Great is Thy Faithfulness.

All were sung at the Ground Zero site, either by rescue workers or in services to commemorate those who died.

The programme, parts of which were filmed at St Andrews in Fife, shows Dr Bradley exploring the historical story behind each hymn and the circumstances in which they were written.

Emigrants' tune

He points out that the tune for Amazing Grace, known as "Virginia Harmony", was likely to have been transported from Scotland to American by 18th century emigrants.

It includes interviews with survivors of the Twin Towers attack, rescue workers and others directly affected by the tragedy.

The programme is due to be shown in Australia and negotiations are under way for it to be broadcast in the UK.

"Hymns of Hope and Healing" will be shown on the PAX cable network 1300-1500 (Eastern and Pacific) and 1200-1400 (Central and Mountain) on Thursday.

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