Looking toward Holy Week at the cathedral

This year we will be able to mark Holy Week by gathering for worship in a way that was not possible in Holy Week 2020.  However, the restrictions that are a necessary response to the ongoing presence of the COVID-19 virus in our communities mean that our liturgical marking of the events of this most significant week will be different this year to many that have gone before, and some things that we may be used to remain absent from our worship.

However, rather than make our celebration just a pale imitation of years past, with obvious absences we are trying to respond creatively so that there will be familiar elements alongside doing things differently.  This will be noticeable in our musical provision, where we must be thankful to our musicians for working within the constraints of having a maximum of three singers for those acts of worship where a wider congregation is present.  It will also affect some of the rituals – such as the decision not to hand out bunches of flowers today, the omission of foot-washing on Maundy Thursday, and changes to how we venerate the Cross on Good Friday.

Despite these changes, it is the hope that we will be able to visit anew the rituals, and events that they recall, and simply appreciate being able to mark this most holy of seasons in ways that were not possible last year.

In all of this there is something of a repeating theme about our lives at the moment – of looking back at what was, and looking forward to what might be.  In this we join with so many in sometimes not dwelling in the present moment – not comparing it to what has been, and not longing for what we hope might be.  However, we might benefit from something of the wisdom that Christ shares says that we should live in the present day – remembering what God is calling us to at this moment.

So I hope that, whilst we might never wish to have been in the wider situation which our society finds itself, might we be blessed by finding God in the unexpected of the present moment as we travel this coming Holy Week in a different way – not was has been, and almost certainly not what we hope will be; but sharing in this holiest of times, hearing and participating in this story as we seek God with us in the here and now of our daily lives.

NICK BROWN, PRECENTOR

Worship & Mission

Holy Week

28 March: PALM SUNDAY
7.45am Litany
8am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am Sung Eucharist with blessing of palms and reading or singing of the passion
3.45pm EVENSONG*

29 March: Monday in Holy Week
8am Morning Prayer
12.30pm Eucharist
5.30pm Evening Prayer
7.30pm Address and Compline

30 March: Tuesday in Holy Week
8am Morning Prayer
8.30am Holy Communion
5.30pm EVENSONG*
7.30pm Address and Compline

31 March: Wednesday in Holy Week
8am Morning Prayer
12.30pm Eucharist
5.30pm Evening Prayer
7.30pm Tenebrae: An evening service for Holy Week

1 April: MAUNDY THURSDAY
8am Morning Prayer
8.30am Holy Communion
5.30pm Evening Prayer
7.30pm EUCHARIST OF THE LAST SUPPER

2 April: GOOD FRIDAY
9.30am LITURGY OF GOOD FRIDAY
12noon Three Hours Service
5.30pm Evening Prayer

3 April: EASTER EVE
9am Morning Prayer
4.30pm Evening Prayer
8pm EASTER VIGIL AND FIRST EUCHARIST OF EASTER*

4 April: EASTER DAY
7.45am Litany
8am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am SUNG EUCHARIST with Blessing of the Easter Garden and Renewal of Baptismal Promises
3.45pm EVENSONG*

Please note: * if government guidance remains unchanged, then these services (which involve the choir singing) will be online only.

Community

National Day of reflection
Lincoln Cathedral will be lit yellow on the evening of Tuesday 23 March as part of the National Day of Reflection. It will mark the culmination of a day of prayer and activity in support of all who have been bereaved.
Find out more – https://lincolncathedral.com/sharing-the-light-on-the-national-day-of-reflection/

Census2021
On Sunday 21 March Lincoln Cathedral will join more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up purple to celebrate the upcoming census and its importance to communities.

The census helps inform the provision of public services throughout the UK, such as determining the appropriate number of school places and hospital beds that are needed to properly serve their communities. 

Jane Cowan
Congratulations to Jane Cowan who has been awarded Accredited Conservator-Restorer (ACR) status by the Institute of Conservation (ICON). Jane’s new accredited status demonstrates a conservator’s detailed knowledge of conservation, a high degree of competence in the specialism, sound judgement and a deep understanding of the principles which underpin the practice

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

LCCA Blue Envelopes
The next year’s supply of LCCA blue envelopes has arrived. If you currently are a blue envelope user, your new batch is available for collection. Please ask stewards/vergers after the service.

Bible Readings

Sunday 21 March
Fifth Sunday of Lent

Eucharist
Jeremiah 31: 31-34
Hebrews 5: 5-10
John 12: 20-23

Evening Prayer
Exodus 7: 8-24
Romans 5: 12-end

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Sunday 28 March
Palm Sunday

Eucharist
Isaiah 50: 4-9a
Philippians 2: 5-11
Mark 14: 1- end of 15

Evening Prayer
Isaiah 5: 1-7
Mark 12: 1-12

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Sunday 4 April
Easter Day

Eucharist
Isaiah 25: 6-9
Acts 10: 34-43
John 20: 1-18

Evening Prayer
Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Luke 24: 13-35

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