A message from the Dean of Lincoln As I walk through our magnificent Cathedral I marvel at the sight of its architecture, feel uplifted by the beautiful music which fills its space, and I am grateful that this holy place is accessible to all who come here. On this most holy festival, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you, your family, friends and neighbours a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.
Lincoln Cathedral may not strike you as the home of exotic beasts, but hidden among the choir stalls, capitals and carvings is a silent menagerie of creatures. In celebration of Monkey Day on the 14th December, Lincoln Cathedral and the Young Journalists from Monks Abbey Primary School indulged in some monkey spotting. Monkeys were often used in medieval art as a symbol of man unburdened by constraint. This stemmed from their similarity in appearance and mannerisms to humans. That monkeys ...Read more →
High on top of the north-western turret of Lincoln Cathedral stands a stone figure of the Swineherd of Stow. The story of the Swineherd, and why he was granted such an honour, has been recounted for hundreds of years. The village of Stow where the Swineherd lived is a few miles north-west of Lincoln and in the 13th century was a manor belonging to the bishops of Lincoln; here St Hugh himself frequently retreated.
Philip Buckler, Dean Gavin Kirk, Precentor Mark Hocknull, Chancellor After two weeks of John the Baptist, the gospel today returns to the more familiar story of the Annunciation. Our regular exposure to it in word, art and music can lead us perhaps to greater meditation upon its significance, or maybe desensitise us to its challenge. The Old Testament is peppered with angelic visitations, from Abraham to Daniel, but today’s is different. The patriarchs entertained angels unawares, Daniel was left feeling ...Read more →
Today the Lincoln imp sits cross-legged on a pillar in the Cathedral’s Angel Choir for all to see. Tales of how he came to be perched there have emerged over time. There are several versions of the story however all of them share the same basic plot: Satan sent the imp to Lincoln Cathedral to could cause trouble. The imp carried out his orders, and began destroying the Angel Choir. When an angel appeared to prevent him causing further mayhem, ...Read more →
Evie and Emily, Year 5, Monks Abbey Primary School report: ‘People from across Lincoln gathered together to see the visit of their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to the Cathedral of Lincoln. Prince Charles and Camilla visited the Cathedral to see the restoration work that has been carried out there recently.
“The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” So begins the Gospel according to St Mark. The gospel of Mark is like a film script that ends one story and sets up the sequel. Mark title’s his gospel the beginning. It is the story of the adult life of Jesus. This story is indeed good news, but only when this life story inspires others to follow where Jesus leads. The story comes alive when it ...Read more →
Lincoln Cathedral’s massive roof structure is built around a timber skeleton, which sustains the weight of the Cathedral’s impossibly heavy lead roof. As anyone who has been on a roof tour of the Cathedral will have seen, new timbers must be stored and dried for a number of years in the environment of the roof itself before they can be used. The acclimatisation process ensures that the natural warping of the beams is complete by the time they are put ...Read more →
Philip Buckler, Dean Gavin Kirk, Precentor Mark Hocknull, Chancellor I write this editorial in the in-between period of two royal visits. The Cathedral was delighted to welcome TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on a visit last Tuesday, and is looking forward to the visit of the Princess Royal on 13th December when she attends the Townswomen’s Guild Carol Service which is to be held here this year. We are much encouraged by the support of ...Read more →