This podcast, written and read by Paula Gooder, features nine stories about nine different, but interlinked, women, originally written as Holy Week, Easter and Ascension Day reflections for Southwark Cathedral in 2021.
Holy Week is a time when Christians across the world travel together as companions on the way in reflection and in prayer, focused on Jesus, the one whose suffering and death, whose resurrection and new life draws us together and makes us one. It is together, as God’s people, that we accompany Jesus in this last week of his life, and as we do so we join countless others who have trod this way before us. One of the powerful features of Holy Week and Easter is that our remembrance of the events in the last week of Jesus’ life joins us with those who were there with him and invites us to imagine what it might have been like to have seen the events for ourselves.
Women of Holy Week: An Easter Journey in Nine Stories is published by Church House Publishing and is used here by permission.
Written and read by Paula Gooder
Original paintings by Ally Barrett
Produced by James Newhook and Robert Folkes
Theme and incidental music:
All vocals by Ffion Elisa
All traditional instruments played by Paul flute Johnson
Composed by Thomas Allain
Copyright © 2022 The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England
The Ninth Woman: Mary, Mother of Jesus' Story
In the final story, originally written for Ascension Day, we hear from Mary, Mother of Jesus.
The Eighth Woman: Mary, Wife of Clopas' Story
On Easter Day, Mary tells us of a stranger she and her husband met on the road home from Jerusalem.
The Seventh Woman: Mary Magdalene's Story
Today we join Mary Magdalene as she recounts how she came to meet and follow Jesus.
The Sixth Woman: Salome's Story
Salome, who grew up with Mary, tells us how she came to follow Jesus and never stopped, even when others did.
The Fifth Woman: Joanna's Story
On Maunday Thursday, we join Joanna as she prepares for Passover with Jesus and his followers.
The Fourth Woman: Susannah's Story
On Wednesday of Holy Week we hear from Susannah, who after being wrongly labelled a sinner, meets Jesus and becomes one of his followers.
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