As we travel through the Kingdom Season – remembering the saints who have gone before us, commending to God those loved ones whose loss we feel, and commemorating those who lost their lives in war and conflict – we begin to approach one of the most dramatic seasons of the Christian year; the season of Advent and expectation, as we await the coming of light into darkness.

As gloom starts to settle, and evening becomes increasingly earlier in its falling, so the lights begin to shimmer and there is a glistening shine as we walk about the streets.  As darkness becomes a feature of our daily life, so we look for and long for a brightness to shine – a light to dispel the darkness.  And that is what Advent heralds; a light to shine in the darkness – the light of Christ.

Just as light seems to shine more brightly in the darkest night, so in our world good deeds become more evident when they are cast against the background of natural human failure.  It is a truism that just as we believe the world to be created by God as a place of beauty and love – so that very beauty becomes more evident when it contrasts with the all too normal behaviours of humanity.  As we are called to echo the love of God in our lives, so often we find that our failure to love often seems to darken those glimmers of light.  But it is in this season that we now approach that we can take hope – hope that even the smallest of lights can shine into darkness, and that many small glimmers can gather into a blinding brightness that is an image of God’s glory.

As we begin to think about what Advent means – and the greater meaning of Christmas that it heralds – there are a number of opportunities to witness the light shining in the darkness.  Just some of them include;

– The Advent Procession on Saturday 27th November

– Sacred Space on Sunday 28th November, and

– Our daily services of Evening Prayer and Evensong

Or you can look for God just where you are – seeking light in the midst of your daily life.

NICK BROWN, PRECENTOR

Worship & Mission

Weekly service schedule
The service sheet for the coming fortnight can be viewed on the cathedral website (click link to visit)

Remembrance Sunday: Service of Remembrance
10.40am, Sunday 14 November
Our annual remembrance of those who have given their lives or suffered in the course of human conflict.

Special Services in the coming weeks
Farewell Service for the Bishop of Lincoln
3.45pm, Sunday 21 November 2021

Advent Procession
6pm, Saturday 27 November 2021
Readings and music as we enter Advent and prepare to celebrate the light of the world in the season of Christmas.

Service of Lessons and Carols
4pm, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 December 2021
Readings and music for the Feast of Christmas, sung by the Choristers and Lay Vicars of the cathedral choir.

Midnight Mass of Christmas
11.30pm, Friday 24 December 2021

Sung Eucharist for Christmas Day
10.30am, Saturday 25 December 2021

Festal Evensong for Christmas Day
3.45pm, Saturday 25 December 2021

Community

Choir
This week we welcomed five new probationers into the cathedral choir: congratulations to Angelyn, Ben, Elena, Isaac and Yufei. We also promoted three members of the choir to full choristership: Jack, Jihana and Joseph, who are all now looking splendid in their copes. We are also very grateful to Philip Bell our new minibus driver and to Deborah Holmes who is standing in on matroning and chaperoning duties for us. Welcome to them also!

St Hugh’s Day, Wednesday 17 November 2021
This year on St Hugh’s Day there will be a keynote address by Professor Martyn Percy, starting at 10am in St Hugh’s Choir. The session will focus on Implicit theology and will be introduced by the Revd Canon Paul Overend.

St Hugh’s Day Eucharist will follow at 12pm with St Hugh’s Day Evensong at 5.30pm.

Sunday School
We are hoping to get Sunday School up and running again but need additional volunteers who are happy to be safely recruited and complete some training in order to support this. Could anyone interested please contact the Cathedral Safeguarding Officer on safeguardingofficer@lincolncathedral.com

Carol Hill writes
Many of you are aware that I craft my own hand-made greetings cards, mainly for personal use, but occasionally for friends. And donations I receive go to the Cathedral Music Fund.

During lockdown I spent many hours in my craft room and to date have about 100 cards available. On the Saturday morning of the Christmas Market weekend, I am having a stall in the Cathedral (probably in the North Transept). I do not claim any money for materials, but all donations go to support the wonderful music in this fine building. If you are around on that morning, do come, say hello, and have a look at the cards.

Friends’ Christmas Card
This year’s Friends’ Christmas Card is now available and can be bought in person from the Friends’ office on a Wednesday morning, or from the Cathedral shop.  An order form will be available shortly on the Friends’ website for orders to be sent by post to the Friends’ office.  This year’s design features part of one of the windows in the North Nave aisle, from a photograph taken by Verger Jim Newton.

Sunday Morning Coffee
We all appreciate being able to meet for coffee after the Sunday morning service, but we are in desperate need of more volunteers to serve the coffee. With a full roster, you should only be called upon once every three months. If you would like to join the merry band of Sunday morning baristas, please contact Simon Crookall on 07922 602660.

Lincoln Cathedral Community Association
A Reminder that Lincoln Cathedral Community Association Annual General Meeting will be held next Tuesday 16th November 2021 in the Chapter House at 7 p.m. Entry will be via the Judgement Door, coffee and tea will be served from 6-30 onwards. At the close of the business meeting there will be a short presentation by Joy Liddle speaking on behalf of Hope for Justice which campaigns against Modern Day Slavery.

Guide training
On 10 November, Cathedral Guide continuation training restarted on a high with a presentation by Dr Jennie Robinson PhD MSc BA(Hons). An expert on the subject of Katherine Swynford, the presentation was organised by Jo Vitoria (floor guide). There were two presentations during the day and these were enthusiastically attended by a significant number of the guides. It was unanimously agreed that this was an excellent, informative presentation which provoked lively discussion.

Events

Handel’s Messiah
Saturday 20 November, 7pm
Tickets from £12
Lincoln Cathedral Choir return with their performance of Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra.

Carols by Candlelight
Wednesday 15 December, 7.30pm
Tickets for the annual Friends’ ‘Carols by Candlelight’ are now on sale through Eventbrite and can be accessed through the Cathedral Website under ‘Forthcoming Events.’  Tickets are going quickly, with well over 300 being sold already.  Do come and enjoy what will be a wonderful evening of Christmas music performed by our  Cathedral choir and organist and join in singing some of the traditional carols. Although we are looking forward to welcoming a real audience after last year’s live streaming only event, we regret that, because of Covid precautions, refreshments will not be available.

A Ceremony of Carols
Saturday 18 December, 2pm and 7pm
Performed by the Lincoln Cathedral Youth Choir and harpist Thea Maund.
Both performances of this classic, festive favourite, take place in the stunning Cathedral Chapter House.

Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur, Colin Walsh
Saturday 8 January 2022, 7pm
Olivier Messiaen’s 1935 masterpiece is considered to be one of the greatest Organ compositions of all time. La Nativité du Seigneur is a Christmas tradition at Lincoln Cathedral and one not to be missed.

For more events, extra details and to book tickets, please visit our website – www.lincolncathedral.com

Bible Readings

Sunday 14 November
Remembrance Sunday

Eucharist
Daniel 12: 1-3
Hebrews 10: 11-14 [15-18] 19-25
Mark 13: 1-8

Evening Prayer
Daniel 3
Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

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Sunday 21 November
Christ the King

Eucharist
Daniel 7: 9-10, 13, 14
Revelation 1: 4b-8
John 18: 33-37

Evening Prayer
Daniel 5
John 6: 1-15

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Sunday 28 November
First Sunday of Advent

Eucharist
Jeremiah 33: 14-16
1 Thessalonians 3:-end
Luke 21: 25-36

Evening Prayer
Joel 3: 9-end
Revelation 14: 13 – 15: 4

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