Holy Places in Everyday Life

A while back a few of us took a pilgrimage through Lund to visit Holy places. Until the 16th century Lund had no fewer than 27 different churches and cloisters. After the reformation 25 of these were torn down, the stones used to build the castle in Malmö. However most of these churches and cloisters can still be found today. If you walk around in Lund you will notice signs on walls marking the place of a church or a cloister. Sometimes the churches have also been outlined in the streets using cobblestones (look behind the store “Din sko” – if you look carefully on the ground you will see a church outlined). The town is filled with places where people have worshiped and prayed. As Christians we are part of a big movement going through centuries. In a way we have a connection with the ones who has gone before us. On Sunday we will have our Holy Communion Service at Bosebo Kyrka which is part of the exhibition at Kulturen museum. It is an old Swedish wooden church that originally stood on the Swedish countryside. The ones who attended the church every Sunday were most likely poor farmers and woodsmen. Thinking about this adds to the experience when were, several centuries later, celebrate our Holy communion service in the same church. Of course, working in the Cathedral this is part of my everyday life. I am one in a long row of ministers and bishops who have served in the Cathedral since it was completed in 1145. and after me will follow still more ministers and bishops. In that way we are all part of a Christian fellowship that transcends time. So, please join us this coming Sunday for Holy Communion Service in an old wooden church. Let’s make history come alive!