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The Crossing @ Christmas 
our annual Christmas Day broadcast 

2 hours of music featuring themes of renewal, rebirth, and light

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Tonight we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the "words from space" that inspired Kile Smith's Consolation of Apollo, written for us in 2012.  Here's an excerpt from Kile's setting of the Apollo 8 broadcast that brought together the entire world for just a moment in 1968, and it is our wish for you as the year comes to a close.



Borman: Hey, why don't we start reading that thing, and that would be a good place to end it.

Lovell: No, we've got to go into it very nicely. Why don't we...as we go into sunset...

Anders: Right.

Lovell: ...or is it sunrise? This is sunrise, yes. We're approaching lunar sunrise.

Anders: We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.

In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth. And the Earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters, and God said, Let there be light. And there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good, and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters. And let it divide the waters from the waters." And God made the firmament and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. 

And God said, "Let the waters under the Heavens be gathered together into one place. And let the dry land appear." And it was so. And God called the dry land Earth. And the gathering together of the waters called he seas. And God saw that it was good.

And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas and God bless all of you...all of you on the good Earth.

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