Boxgrove Priory, just outside Chichester, is a special place for me: the only time I had been there was some years ago for the funeral of a friend who died tragically. It is a stunning place, originally dating back to the twelfth century, and the remains of a Benedictine monastery sit in its gardens.
So it felt poignant that Rosemary suggested we meet there to record a Milk and Honey podcast for Holy Week.
We recorded the first part, out in the grounds, with the birds in full song in the background, and then went inside for the second part, into the heavy quiet and stillness of the church.
Holy Week is a special time in the Christian year, as we reflect on the final days of Jesus’ life. Rosemary and I come from very different church traditions, but, as we wandered around the Priory, we discovered that there was much for us to think and talk about from hot-cross buns to the Persecuted Church; Pope Francis to rock-band worship; looking death in the face to bolted cauliflowers as signs of the resurrection.
I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation and will be encouraged to find your own way to remember the events of these days, which took place so long ago but which still impact our lives today in so many ways.