During the weeks after Easter Day the Easter story continues to unfold as we hear of the various accounts of Jesus’ resurrection appearances to his disciples.  Although we don’t follow the accounts from Luke’s Gospel as closely this year as we do some years, the imagery of Jesus meeting two of his followers on the way to Emmaus is a powerful story for me of finding God present in the unexpected – and a warning against becoming complacent about the things that seem familiar.  This seems especially strong to me this year, having just marked Holy Week in a different way from before; both due to the changes needed in consideration of social-distancing, and this being the first time that I have ‘lived’ Holy Week at the Cathedral.

Amidst the familiar routines there were for me some powerful moments where finding God in the things that were both familiar, yet also not as I have previously experienced them:

  • It was a profound experience to be present as oils were blessed by the Bishop of Grantham for use in parishes across the diocese amid a small gathering of representatives. We gathered and dispersed with the most minimal of greetings – but after over a year of not meeting, this was perhaps the first time many of us had gathered and broken bread together in the eucharist at the Cathedral, and something profound happened as we met, and as Christ was present among us.
  • Tenebrae was also a fresh experience – moving from light to darkness with words from the Book of Lamentations and music sung by a small group from the choir. Once I had settled into the very different pace at which this service unfolded, it proved a beautiful experience that was thought-provoking as well as spiritually engaging.
  • Good Friday the gut-wrenching musical depiction of the agony of Christ and the painful lapse into silence as the music depicted Christ’s suffering and death. Having heard this piece in a number of recitals, it was completely different to hear it in a liturgical setting, and it was truly a ‘Sermon-in-Music’ for those of us present in the building.
  • Easter Evensong brought with it not only the beautiful singing of the choir – so joyful to hear – but also a procession out to the Parvis for everyone to raise their voices as we joined together to proclaim that ‘Jesus Christ is Risen today!’

All-in-all, Holy Week was, for me at least, a chance to encounter anew a story that I have often heard, and often participated in.  This highlighted the importance of encountering afresh those aspects of our faith that are important to us – but perhaps become a bit too familiar as we encounter them so frequently.  Returning to those disciples on the road to Emmaus, how many times might we encounter Christ, but not recognise his presence among us? How often do we miss the signs of God’s presence, perhaps because we are so familiar with things that could reveal God’s presence to us that we fail to see the signs – or how often are we looking in the wrong direction for signs that we would see if we looked elsewhere?

As we continue to walk the Easter journey, it is my prayer that we will continue to encounter God afresh as we mark out the events of the coming weeks – as we celebrate Christ’s Ascension and the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and then reflect on the mystery of God known to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit on Trinity Sunday.


Worship & Mission

The pattern of prayer and worship in the cathedral
The following pattern of services is planned for the coming months (with Evensong replaced by Evening Prayer at the Shrine of St Hugh outside of choir term-time). Access for services in the Nave is via the northern entrance of the West Front of the cathedral, and access for services at the Shrine of St Hugh at St Hugh’s Choir is via the Judgement Door at the south-eastern end of the Cathedral.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The only further significant changes that are anticipated are the reintroduction of Choral Evensong at 5.30pm on Saturdays at some point during the coming term, and the resumption of Choral Mattins on Sundays once we have re-established the choristers and started to make good the loss of skill and repertoire that has taken place of the past year or so.  (Likewise, Evensong on Mondays will be reinstated once the choristers have regained sufficient strength and repertoire that rehearsal time can be reduced).

Looking ahead: 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


Colin Walsh
After 33 years of service to Lincoln Cathedral, our Organist Laureate, Colin Walsh, will be leaving his current role to pursue other musical interests.

Colin will not be leaving Lincoln completely; he will shortly accept the honour and title of Organist Emeritus of Lincoln Cathedral, and we shall continue to be thrilled, moved and inspired by his extraordinary gifts in services and concerts from time to time.

Director of Music, Aric Prentice, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Dr Colin Walsh for the last almost twenty years. His outstanding musicianship, his great wealth of experience and his sense of humour have all made him a superb colleague and it has been very good fun to work alongside him.”

Colin will finish his role as Organist Laureate at the end of July 2021.

Peter Hill 1944 – 2021
Dr Peter Hill, Clerk of the Works to the Dean and Chapter from 1982 to 1988, passed away on 19 March 21 after a sustained run-in with cancer.

Peter managed the Cathedral team at a time when it had become somewhat depleted and he can be largely credited with establishing a path of conservation care that is followed to this day.

His book Practical Stone Masonry is standard reference at many training institutions. In it he emphasises the need to marry the traditional skills of construction with the burgeoning disciplines of structural archaeology and practical building conservation, though he insisted that the stone mason was the vital element in cathedral care and as such the coordination of training was critical. He was most concerned that the team appreciated and enjoyed their work as it was like no other.

Peter went on to research a PhD at Durham University and then to co-author a number of well-received books with his friend Jane Watkinson, concentrating on the English Civil war. His final decade was spent back in Lowdham, Nottinghamshire, where he went to school. Here he became immersed in village life, forming meaningful friendships and enjoying some of the happiest times of his life. On his headstone he will be described as Stone Mason and Author.
By Michael O’Connor

From Matthew Turner
“I am aware that, given the current circumstances, this is not a conversation I have been able to have with many people in person and that there are still a number of people who I won’t have the opportunity to see before my last day on Sunday 18th April.

“I am thrilled to say that I have recently been appointed the verger at St George’s Hanover Square, Mayfair. I will be very sorry to say goodbye to the staff, volunteers, and community of the cathedral and would like to especially extend my thanks to the volunteer stewards and chaplains I have had the joy of working with in the past two and a half years.

“If anybody finds themselves in what will soon be my part of the world do pop in and it would be my pleasure to show you around St George’s! Please do be assured of my prayers as the cathedral continues to change and adapt to the new normal in the coming months.”
Matthew Turner

Introducing the Cathedrals Cycle Route
The CCR is a route linking all 42 English Cathedrals. Its purpose is ensure a warm welcome for visiting cyclists and enable cathedrals to make new links to wellbeing activities and sustainable travel.

The route will launch in Bike Week 2021, with small groups of cyclists riding the route, starting from Newcastle Cathedral on Sunday 30 May and returning 42 days later. The relay ride will transport a specially commissioned baton around the whole route; riders will be encouraged to raise funds for wellbeing causes.

Representatives from Sheffield Cathedral will arrive in Lincoln on 4 June. The Lincoln Cathedral to Southwell Minster leg of the relay is 5 June which is approximately 28miles on some of the quieter routes into Nottinghamshire. The relay is solely for members of the Cathedral community and is not a public event. However, if you would like to participate, support or find out more information please email Andrew Downie (Commercial Manager and Cathedral Cycle Champion) at andrew.downie@lincolncathedral.com

Cathedral Accounts
The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln – Consolidated Accounts and Annual Report for the year ending 31 March 2020 are available to view on the Cathedral Website



For more information about all of our event and to book tickets, please visit

Choir in the Cloister
Friday 9 July, 7pm
Tickets £12

Organ Concert Series
Saturday 26 June, 7pm – Jeffrey Makinson
Tickets £6

Saturday 14 August, 7pm – Jeffrey Makinson
Tickets £6

Saturday 16 October, 7pm – Colin Walsh
Tickets £6

Saturday 8 January, 2022, 7pm – Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur, Colin Walsh
Tickets £6

Bible Readings

Sunday 18 April
Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 3: 12-19
1 John 3: 1-7
Luke 24: 36b-48

Evening Prayer
Deuteronomy 7: 7-13
Revelation 2: 1-11


Sunday 25 April
Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4: 5-12
1 John 3: 16-end
John 10: 11-18

Evening Prayer
Exodus 16: 4-15
Revelation 2: 12-17


Sunday 2 May
Fifth Sunday of Easter

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

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