3rd Sunday of Easter
Acts 2.14a, 36-41 1
The first time I visited Vézelay in Burgundy, France, I was on holiday with friends from university. Out of an early morning mist, this huge Romanesque masterpiece of an Abbey came slowly into view. It was spectacular.
The building of the present Abbey began in 1104, the claim to have the relics of St Mary Magdalen having already begun a lively pilgrimage trade. We went to the crypt to venerate the relics. Authenticity seemed to be less important than acknowledgement that whatever these bones were, they had, for countless generations, evoked and deepened a lively faith in the risen Jesus.
Vézelay had a central place ...