As we move through Ascensiontide during the next couple of weeks we meet the theological bookend to our celebrations of the incarnation of Christ that we celebrated at Christmas.  As at Christmas we celebrated the love of God becoming known in human form – heaven touching earth – so with the feast of the Ascension, we mark our earthly experiences being raised to heaven.  Whilst Christmas enables us to pray ‘thy kingdom come’, here the journey through the Christian year makes possible our own reaching toward heaven.  In classic western theology it is by the action of God’s grace that our reaching, and our openness to God’s love and mercy, enact the already present gift of God’s love, grace and peace in our own hearts – and change our loves.

But the story is not complete with the Ascension of Christ – in response to his departure, we are gifted the Holy Spirit; and the fullness of God is known to us.  Whilst the creative power of God is beyond our knowing (although we can see it echoed in creation), and we can see this love which brings creation into being and calls it to perfection in Christ, it is through the Holy Spirit that our own hearts can be touched by the love that is God.  And thus we celebrate both the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and our realisation of the fulness of God’s nature as Father, Son and Holy Spirit on Trinity Sunday.

So, as we come towards the end of the cycle of celebrations tied to the festivals of Christmas and Easter, what does this mean for us?  As John says in his gospels and letters ‘God is love’, and our Christian calling to come to know the truth of that love and let it shape our lives.  This is not a calling that is without cost.  Whilst we can be thankful that few (if any) of us will be called to follow Christ to Good Friday, we do need to be open to the cost that comes from knowing this love and letting it shape our lives.  But if we have the courage to do this, not only will we know the secret of God’s love, but that love will become known to others through us.

 NICK BROWN, PRECENTOR

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

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

Stillpoint
Finding silence in a busy world. Led by Revd Ann Mazur in the Ringers Chapel (entry by the Judgement Door) from 9.00am-9.45am on Friday 21st May. This is a time of guided silent meditation to be still and aware of the presence of God.

A Service of Sacred Songs
On Saturday 5 June, the Cathedral will host a Service of Sacred Songs for those who have been afflicted or bereaved by coronavirus. The Lay Vicars will perform five of Byrd’s Cantiones Sacrae. Full details will follow in the next Chapter Letter.

Evensong 25 June
Join us as we say thank you to our friends and colleagues who have left the Cathedral during the pandemic.
We will be making a presentation to John Campbell our former Dean’s Verger as we have been unable to do this sooner due to the pandemic. Anyone wishing to contribute to the collection for John should pass their contributions to the Vergers Vestry.

Community

Revd Rachel Revely
The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich has announced that Rachel Revely, our Cathedral Curate, has been appointed as Priest in Charge of St Thomas Apostle and Martyr Ipswich. Her last Sunday with us will be at the end of June and she is being licensed in Ipswich on 2nd August.

Rachel writes, “I will be very sad to leave this amazing Cathedral church, but I will always be grateful to have served my curacy here, to have learnt so much, to have met so many wonderful people and to have grown to know more and more of the call God has placed on my life.”

Please do keep her in your prayers as she prepares for this move and also the Church of St Thomas’ as they prepare to welcome a new incumbent.

Contributions to a collection for Rachel should be forwarded to the Vergers’ Vestry, Lincoln Cathedral, LN2 1PX.

From Joanna Blanchard
A short thank you to everyone who together helped to complete 100 laps around the Cathedral, raising vital funds for mental health charities within The Captain Tom Foundation.  The faith shown was amazing, the distance covered and the total amount so far is a whopping £320.  A huge thank you and much love to everyone who took part, donated or supported The Marras.

Annual Medieval Studies Lecture
Following on from the success of our Medieval Week, the Medieval Studies Research Group of the University of Lincoln are delighted to invite you to our free Annual Medieval Studies Lecture on Thursday 3rd June 2021 at 6pm (on Zoom).

This year, our speaker will be Professor Miri Rubin of Queen Mary, University of London, a leading writer, broadcaster, and medieval historian who works on religious cultures and identities in the Middle Ages. She is the highly acclaimed author of several important books, including: Thomas of Monmouth, The Life and Passion of William of Norwich, trans. with an introduction by Miri Rubin (London, 2014); and Cities of Strangers: Making Lives in Medieval Europe (Cambridge, 2020).

The title of her talk will be – ‘Who were the Strangers of Medieval Cities?’

For a free ticket, please register here via Eventbrite: The Lincoln Annual Medieval Studies Lecture

Re-opening to visitors
Monday 17 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/

Bible Readings

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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Sunday 23 May
Pentecost

Eucharist
Acts 2: 1-21
Romans 8: 22-27
John 15: 26-27, 16: 4b-15

Evening Prayer
Ezekiel 36: 22-28
Acts 2: 22-38

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Sunday 30 May
Trinity Sunday

Eucharist
Isaiah 6: 1-8
Romans 8:12-17
John 3: 1-17

Evening Prayer
Ezekiel 1: 4-10, 22-28a
Revelation 4