Philip Buckler, Dean Gavin Kirk, Precentor Mark Hocknull, Chancellor John Patrick, Subdean
The Church Schools Festival taking place these weeks has the theme of ‘Celebration’. It draws upon the national celebrations in the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, as well as the children’s own celebration of their ending year 6 and moving to their next schools. The Cathedral shares in all these celebrations and many, many more.
As mentioned last time, the carved stone crown being placed on the SW Turret was shown to the Queen on her visit to Burghley House. Our carver, Paul Ellis, was presented to Her Majesty and she clearly enjoyed learning of this original way in which her Diamond Jubilee is being commemorated here.
Then on Thursday 28th we shall share in the sporting celebrations as the Olympic Torch sets off from outside the Cathedral at 7.58am. The early morning celebration of Holy Communion has been moved to 8.15 to allow you to come and then worship.
Meanwhile the Lincolnshire Show on Wednesday (20th) and Thursday (21st) celebrates all that goes on in our County and especially its agricultural life. Again the Cathedral is involved – and I hope those attending the Show will come to visit the Cathedral tent as we mark our place at the heart of the life of this County.
Celebrations can be loud – making a joyful noise unto the Lord. Or they can be silent – as in the quiet of an individual’s prayer of gratitude to God for his blessing. Both take place in the Cathedral day by day.
Of the many thoughts surrounding the Olympic Games, I am acutely aware of the considerable preparation required of an athlete. This competition is the culmination of extreme physical and mental training and practice, day in and day out. St Paul likened the Christian life to that of the athlete; perhaps we can take inspiration from the dedication shown by this year’s Olympians to develop a spiritual fitness in our own life of prayer and worship – not once a week or less, but day by day faithfully before God. As we listen to his word and open ourselves to his grace, so (in the words of the Book of Common Prayer) we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto thee.
Philip Buckler, Dean
Another Jubilee! Thursday 5th July is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Precentor’s ordination to the priesthood. He will preside at a Sung Eucharist in St Hugh’s Choir at 1730 on that day, and extends an invitation to members of the Cathedral community who would like to join him for this, and for a glass of wine in the Chapter House afterwards. It would be much appreciated if those intending to participate could let his secretary, Anne James, know for housekeeping purposes! Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01522 561632.
Carol Hill writes: The Royal Maundy nosegay maker, Rosemary Mason, was filmed here at Lincoln Cathedral when she came in March for our fundraising event. The programme, which is about the Royal Warrant holders, is to be shown on ITV3 on Sunday 24 June at 8pm. Lincoln Cathedral is included in the acknowledgements. Do watch it if you can, especially if you missed Rosemary’s talk and demonstration.
The Cathedral Centre is seeking a volunteer to help maintain its secret garden. If you have some time to spare and would like to support the work of the Cathedral, please call in or contact Jackie on 561629.
Lincoln Minster School Concert: Don’t miss our next concert: Tuesday 26 June 2012, 7.30pm, Lincoln Cathedral. This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear Lincoln Minster School music at its very best. Our regular termly concert features everything that audiences have come to expect from our talented students - from spine-tingling concertos to toe-tapping jazz - plus a very special performance by our Chamber Choir and guest soloists of the uplifting new oratorio from Classic FM’s Composer-in-Residence, Howard Goodall CBE. ‘Every Purpose Under the Heaven’ was specially commissioned for our group of schools and sets some of the Bible’s most famous passages to music. Our Chamber Choir was delighted to premiere the piece at Westminster Abbey on Remembrance Sunday 2011 and have recently recorded a CD for release later this year by Classic FM, on the Decca label, with Howard Goodall and world-famous tenor Noah Stewart. Howard has kindly offered to come to Lincoln and conduct the piece for us – an event not to be missed! Tickets for this very special evening, priced at £5, are available from the Senior School Office (01522 551300) / Lincoln Cathedral Shop (01522 561644) or online at http://www.lincolncathedral.com/shop/box-office/.
Ordinations Please keep in your prayers those to be ordained priest or deacon at the end of this month, and note the change of time for our Sunday service on Sunday 1st July
The Precentor will preach at Leicester Cathedral on the evening of Sunday 17 June.
Friday 22 June Chorister Outreach Programme Concert, 13.15-14.15
Saturday 23 June Service of Celebration by Climb (a national charity helping those with a metabolic
Disease) 11.30 – 14.45
Tuesday 26 June Exhibition of Embroidery: Cathedral Inspirations. By Lincolnshire Embroiderers’ Guild.
Runs until 4 July.
Saturday 30 June Ordination of Priests, 17.30
Sunday 1 July Ordination of Deacons, 10.30
Sunday 17 June 2nd Sunday after Trinity
Eucharist Ezekiel 17.22-3nd; 2 Corinthians 5.6-19, 14-17; Mark 4.26-34
Mattins Deuteronomy 10.12-11.1; Acts 23.12-35
Evensong Jeremiah 7.1-16; Romans 9.14-26
Sunday 24 June Birth of St John the Baptist
Eucharist Isaiah 40.1-11; Acts 13.14b-26; Luke 1.57-66,80
Mattins Ecclesiasticus 48.1-10; Luke 3.1-17
Evensong Malachi 4; Matthew 11.2-19
Sunday 1 July 4th Sunday after Trinity
Eucharist Ordination readings
Evensong Jeremiah 11.1-14’ Romans 13.1-10
Sunday 8 July 5th Sunday after Trinity
Eucharist Ezekiel 2.1-5; 2 Corinthians 12.2-10; Mark 6.1-13
Mattins Deuteronomy 24.10-end; Acts 28.1-16
Evensong Jeremiah 20.1-11a; Romans 14.1-17