One great blessing I have is being a member of the pastoral team at St Paul’s Cathedral. I am one of a team of priests who make themselves available to talk to people, lead prayers publicly and, where necessary, offer sacramental ministry there.
Last year the cathedral installed a wonderful new video work by Bill Viola, Martyrs. I spend time in front of this piece on every shift I do at St Paul’s. It has moved me greatly. So much so that I would love to write a book in response to it.
No publisher has yet bitten the bait. The general feeling seems to be that the market would be too small and specific, restricted to those who have seen the work or have visited the cathedral.
Recently there was an event, a kind of private view, to look at Martyrs and I was asked to present a meditation in response to the work. I had a diary clash – I had already booked to go for a week in Venice – but was asked to write something to be read out.
The Diocese of London, which organised the event as part of Capital Vision 2020, has put up a report on the event and my talk on its website.