New Podcast Episode – Madeleine’s Basilica in Vézelay – Part 2

Basilique Sainte Madeleine, Vézelay (Yonne) Photo by Dennis Aubrey

PJ and Dennis Aubrey discuss the famous Basilique Sainte Madeleine in Vézelay, France, one of the greatest Romanesque churches in the world. They have probably spent more time here than in any other church in France and their experiences range from days of perfection in photography to moments of the most personal spiritual reflection.

This podcast ends with an amazing sermon by the Reverend Gordon C. Stewart based on Dennis’ writings on Vézelay.

Links to articles on the Basilique Sainte Madeleine:

Genius and Vézelay
Elle Chante, Pere
The Watcher of Vézelay
The Soul of Genius
Twilight in Vézelay
A Midnight Raid on Vézelay

This podcast can also be found at the following hosting sites along with all of our other previous episodes.


Please listen and if you are so inclined, follow and comment. We are anxious for feedback on this newest Via Lucis venture.

7 thoughts on “New Podcast Episode – Madeleine’s Basilica in Vézelay – Part 2

  1. oh dear – I don’t think I have any of those sites mentioned so unable to listen! I have been able to access your previous podcasts directly from your blog but I cannot find the same for this one. As a technophobe these things baffle me.

      1. Brilliant – there it is. Many thanks. I am a proper dinosaur when it comes pressing the correct buttons!

      2. Elizabeth, it was my fault, monkey at the wheel. Set up an automatic post because we were out of town and neglected to check everything properly. Thanks for the alert!

  2. Oh my…. I’ve listened twice to both Vezelay podcasts, and I still want more. The enthusiasm that exudes from your colorful descriptions is palpable. I’m taken back to my only visit to Vezelay in 1982. Wonderful. And the sermon at the end gave me goosebumps, and brought me to tears. Because I’m a spiritual person, and not a religious one, your words, Dennis, had a special effect on me. I’m sure I am not alone. Thank you…

    1. Vann, Vézelay is amazing, isn’t it. Thanks for the wonderful “review”. As far as Gordon’s sermon, it was so moving to me. As I said, when I heard it there was no sense that they were my words. Gordon made it completely his own. As a writer, though, I have particular appreciation for his understanding of words … and how to use them for our edification. Gordon and Kaye (and their dog Barkley) have since become great friends of ours. Can you imagine that when we started, we had no idea that we would meet and correspond with people all over the world as we are now. You are such a valued member of the Via Lucis world for us. PS, if you want to write a reminiscence of your trip to Vézelay in 1982 (!!!!) we would be glad to publish it as an addendum to this post.

  3. Great to hear that pod cast and the sermon using your words. Thank you.

    I have a collection of some 60 postcards printed C 1905 (a few dating from before 1902) showing Vezelay Basilica and the majority show closeups of the capitals. These were published by ‘ND Phot’ who were postcard photographers during the early part of the XXth century. Etienne and his brother Louis-Antonin Neurdein were prolific postcard photographers and publishers of the time.

    Interestingly many of the cards showing the capitals have an added caption describing what exactly the capital depicts – eg: ‘Funeral of St Paul the first hermit’ and where it is eg: ‘ Seventh pillar on the west side of the nave.’ However whether these captions were correct or guesswork I do not know. Each one is in closeup and very detailed. When you consider that the photographer/s would have had to use the heavy cameras of the time with glass plates etc and presumably negociate a ladder this must have been quite a feat.

    I have to admit to being sad at seeing the plain modern altar shown above which presumably replaced the one depicted on old postcards although I have yet to see a close up postcard showing this.

    Incidentally a local church I often attend is dedicated to St Mary Magdalen and I have had the opportunity of venerating a Relic of the Saint which is kept there.

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