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Songs of Praise star says hymns are her ‘prayers in her pocket’

“I am a real anorak about hymns,” admitted Pam Rhodes.

This is not so much a confession but an affirmation by Ms Rhodes, who is a journalist, presenter, writer and speaker.

After all, Ms Rhodes is perhaps best known as one of the faces of BBC’s Songs of Praise, a religious programme that presents Christian hymns.

Her love for hymns has also led her to research the back stories into them, finding out the authors of the hymns and what the inspiration behind them was.

“I think the secret of the power of hymns is that the words are written by human beings, just like us, and, whether it was a psalmist writing 3,000 years ago or Stuart Townend or Matt Redman writing sometime today, what they do as wordsmiths is pour out their very human feelings and reactions to things that are going on in their lives or challenges, practical or spiritual, that they feel at that time,” Ms Rhodes told The Universe

To read more about Pam Rhodes pick up this week’s Universe (22nd July edition) where she speaks to The Universe’s Nick Benson about her latest book, Then Sings My Soul, her love of hymns and the wonderful stories behind them as well as the modern role of the popular BBC TV religious programme Songs of Praise.

Picture: Pam Rhodes.