One of the traditions of the cathedral is to pray at Evensong every day for members of the Cathedral Foundation both living and departed. The obit book, which may have dated from 1072 according to records of 1330, was revived by Dean Dunlop in 1949 and revised by Canon John Parker in 1979, with names now continuously added to the current day. Much of the content records bishops and deans of Lincoln and other dignities, alongside a few popes and archbishops but there are also a few vergers, choristers and chapter clerks. Amongst some of the notable entries are Queen Eleanor, William Byrd organist, and Edmund Cartwright inventor of the power loom who died in 1823. There are also some unfortunates like Thomas Becket who went on to became archbishop, murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, Henry Litherland, last treasurer of Lincoln executed in 1538 and William Bramfield, subdean, murdered in Lincoln Cathedral in 1205. Our previous subdean always raised an eyebrow whenever that was read out!

At the front of the current obit book it records that in the origin and growth of Cathedral foundations ‘It was the object of Remigius, of St Hugh, and of Grosseteste to draw men of piety and learning into the ranks of the canons of their church. Adam, the author of the Magna Vita of St Hugh, who lived with him in the later years of his life, speaks of Bishop’s anxiety “to adorn the Church committed to him with men of distinction” and says that he considered that “without the help of men of sound character he could not benefit either clergy or people”; and again of his desire to have at his side men of wisdom, endowed with knowledge, and what is more men “approved in the fear of the Lord.” On men such as these he conferred prebends and appointed them to various dignities and functions belonging to the Church.

These days, women also feature as prebendaries in the obit book and a new entry awaiting to be inscribed in the beautiful calligraphy that adorns its pages, is that of the outstanding former archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey, later canon of Westminster, Jane Sinclair, who died recently.  The obit book reminds us of the long continuum of distinguished individuals who have served as part of the Cathedral Foundation including in more recent times lay canons.

Last Thursday Bishop Christopher further continued the tradition in our generation, as he licensed and collated five more canons and handed them a mandate to give to the dean authorizing that they should be installed and take their place and a voice amongst the college of canons.

Over the next two Sundays at Evensong it will be our privilege to welcome them. Amongst these appointments we have three honorary canons and four new Chapter members made up of the diocesan clergy representative, Canon Paul Noble, Mark Suthern a lay canon, and two new residentiary canons. Alongside their roles on Chapter, the latter will become part of our daily work of worship and ministry, sharing both the governance and the sacramental life of the cathedral. Canon Neil Burgess has been funded by the commissioners for a one-year interim post as Vice Chancellor to bring support to the team in the education, library and archive department. Canon David Dadswell is the diocesan secretary and will function as a self-supporting minister. In particular he will be providing assistance with regard to mission through the worship offered by Sacred Space. We look forward to introducing our new Chapter members and canons to you all, once covid restrictions enable us to meet and greet more freely. Please pray for them as they take their place amongst us.

DEAN CHRISTINE

Worship & Mission

The pattern of prayer and worship in the cathedral

Sunday
7.45am – Litany (BCP), St Hugh’s Shrine
8am – Holy Communion (BCP), St Hugh’s Shrine
10am – SUNG EUCHARIST (Choristers & Lay Vicars), Nave
12.30pm – Holy Communion (BCP), St Hugh’s Shrine
3.45pm – CHORAL EVENSONG (Lay Vicars), St Hugh’s Choir

Monday                       
8am – Morning Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine
12.30pm – Eucharist, St Hugh’s Shrine
5.30pm – Evening Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine

Tuesday
8am – Morning Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine
8.30am – Holy Communion, St Hugh’s Shrine
12.30pm – Eucharist, St Hugh’s Shrine
5.30pm – CHORAL EVENSONG (Choristers & Lay Vicars), Nave

Wednesday
8am – Morning Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine
12.30pm – Eucharist (BCP), St Hugh’s Shrine
5.30pm – Evening Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine

Thursday
8am – Morning Prayer at St Hugh’s Shrine
8.30am – Holy Communion, St Hugh’s Shrine
12.30pm – Eucharist, St Hugh’s Shrine
5.30pm – CHORAL EVENSONG (Lay Vicars), St Hugh’s Choir

Friday
8am – Morning Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine
9am – ‘Stillpoint’, Ringer’s Chapel (Third Friday of the month only)
12.30pm – Eucharist, St Hugh’s Shrine
5.30pm – CHORAL EVENSONG (Choristers & Lay Vicars), Nave

Saturday
9am – Morning Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine
12.30pm – Eucharist, St Hugh’s Shrine
4.30pm – Evening Prayer, St Hugh’s Shrine

Special services as we mark out Eastertide

Thursday 13 May – Ascension Day
7am Eucharist for Ascension Day, Morning Chapel
5.30pm CHORAL EVENSONG (Lay Vicars), St Hugh’s Choir
7.30pm SUNG EUCHARIST with Cantor and Organ, Nave

Friday 14 May – Mathias, Apostle
5.30pm FESTAL EVENSONG (Choristers & Lay Vicars), Nave

Sunday 23 May PENTECOST (Whitsunday)
10am SUNG EUCHARIST for Pentecost, (Choristers & Lay Vicars), Nave
3 45pm FESTAL EVENSONG (Lay Vicars), St Hugh’s Choir

Community

Re-opening to visitors
From Monday 17 May Lincoln Cathedral will once again be open to visitors.
Public opening hours are between 10am and 3.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 11.30am to 3.30pm on Sundays, with last admissions at 3pm.Anyone visiting the Cathedral between Monday 17 May and Saturday 5 June will be able to take advantage of a special ‘welcome back’ admission price of £5 for adults with children aged 16 and under free.

For more details please visit: https://lincolncathedral.com/welcome-back-to-lincoln-cathedral-2/

Community Rooms
The community rooms in the Old Deanery Visitor Centre will be available to hire from the end of June. Any Cathedral community groups who wish to place block bookings, can contact Samantha Mellows ahead of the public launch to view the space and find out more.
smantha.mellows@lincolncathedral.com or 01522 561617

Events

For more information about all of our event and to book tickets, please visit www.lincolncathedral.com/events

Bible Readings

Sunday 2 May
Fifth Sunday of Easter

Eucharist
Acts 8: 26-end
1 John 4: 7-end
John 15: 1-8

Evening Prayer
Isiah 60: 1-14
Revelation 3: 1-13

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Sunday 9 May
Sixth Sunday of Easter

Eucharist
Acts 10: 44-end
1 John 5: 1-6
John 15: 9-17

Evening Prayer
Song of Solomon 4: 16—5:2, 8: 6, 7
Revelation 3: 14-end

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Sunday 16 May
Seventh Sunday of Easter

Eucharist
Acts 1: 15-17, 21-end
1 John 5: 9-13
John 17: 6-19

Evening Prayer
Isiah 61
Luke 4: 14-21

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