A time to remember…

This time last year I wrote about the fact that this time of year is one of my favourites – that whilst most people seem to find themselves bemoaning the shorter days and dark evenings, I find myself longing for the glistening lights on pavements, to the unique atmosphere of evensong with the music and words mingling together as lights amidst the darkening evening.  Much of my joy at this time of year is about light shining in darkness (and, I suspect, about the beautiful music that is particularly appropriate in the season that runs from All Saints and on through Advent toward Christmas).

With the beginning of November we enter a season that has always been a little bit ambiguous in the Church’s liturgical year – with the end of one year merging into the beginning of another.  Marked as Sundays before Advent and sometimes known as the Kingdom Season this time, which echoes an earlier pattern of a longer Advent season of earlier centuries, sees us remembering our unity with the saints who have gone before us.  With All Saints (1st November) we remember those who have gone before us as exemplars of Christian living and beacons of light in our world, before commemorating those who we have loved but see no longer on All Souls Day (2nd November).  To these venerable feast days have come two more recent foci for prayer and worship: Remembrance Sunday (this year on 13th November) and the Feast of Christ the King (on 20th November).  In turn these recall us to the suffering and sacrifice of those who serve to defend others in situations that result from human conflict, and recall the Kingdom of Christ, the King of Peace, to which we are called as witnesses.

In all of this a liturgical and spiritual fabric is woven that weaves one story – the story of the saints living and dead who are together as one in Christ.  There is a daily reminder of our shared experience with the saints who have gone before us as in the cathedral we remember past members of the cathedral foundation in our daily prayers – a reminder that, though distanced by death we are one in Christ and that, freed from the bounds of time, our prayers and praises are one with the saints and angels.  I think that, beyond the beauty of the music and poetry of words that we will hear in the coming weeks, this points to the deeper truth – our one faith that is shared with the saints who have gone before us, that we share with the people of God in the present and that we are called to proclaim to those who will flow us in the way of Christ in the time to come


Worship & Mission


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

Stillpoint – 14 November

The Stillpoint silent contemplative prayer meeting takes place monthly. The next meeting is on 14 November, hosted by the Chancellor, 8.40am-9.20am, in the Ringers Chapel.

St Hugh’s Day, 17 November

On St Hugh’s day, our Solemn Eucharist is at 12noon, attended by the Non-Residentiary Canons of the College of St Hugh. Members of the congregation welcome and are also invited to join the College of St Hugh for a Public Lecture at 3pm, entitled ‘We’re Going Local: Church, Subsidiarity & the Common Good’?, This will be followed by tea together at 4pm., before the Solemn Evensong at 5.30pm. The preacher and lecturer is Rev Simon Cuff, author of ‘Love in Action: Catholic Social Teaching for Every Church’ (SCM 2019) and ‘Priesthood for All Believers: Clericalism and How to Avoid it’ (SCM 2022). Fr Simon is Vicar of St Peter’s De Beauvoir, London N1, a fellow of The Centre for Theology, and former tutor and lecturer at St Mellitus College.



Lincoln Cathedral Community Association AGM

Members of the Lincoln Cathedral Community Roll are invited to attend the LCCA AGM on Monday 14 November 2022 at 7pm in the Chapter House

Entry for this meeting will be via the Judgement Door of the Cathedral and coffee will be served in the Chapter House from 6.30pm followed by the AGM at 7pm.

Nominations for the LCCA Executive Committee members and for Deanery Synod representatives would be welcome. Nomination forms can be obtained by emailing lcca@lincolncathedral.com and should be returned to the Secretary by latest Monday 7 November 2022.

We look forward to welcoming you and, if you are unable to attend, please send your apologies by email to lcca@lincolncathedral.com or by speaking to a committee member.

Community Book Group
The Cathedral Community Book Group next meet 10.30-11.30 on Saturday 19 November. We will be discussing ‘Priesthood for All Believers: Clericalism and How to Avoid it’, by Simon Cuff (SCM 2022). Please buy and read the set book in advance of the discussion. It is available in the Cathedral shop. Revd Simon Cuff will be the preacher and guest lecturer at our St Hugh’s Day celebrations, 17 November.

Homeless packages
We were so grateful to receive many donations for the emergency packages used for the homeless a few years ago.  These packages are now running low on items.  If you could spare any of these items to help refill the packages we would be very thankful, socks, wipes, toothbrush and toothpaste, water, snack bars, sanitary items, deodorants and toiletries.  If donations could be left at the Vergers Vestry.

Warm Rail
The warm rail has been more popular than expected and while we continue to accept donations, we are also looking at ways of distributing donations via our charity partners so make sure that everyone in need is able to access the items they require. Thank you to everyone who supports the rail and for the kind and generous donations.

Announcement from Dean Christine

I have met with the bishop and informed him of my intention to retire on 31st March 2023. This is a few days after my 65th birthday.

Bishop Stephen has generously given me two months “end of ministry leave” so that I can make the very significant transition from 25 years of ordained ministry to retirement. This means that my leaving service will be on 2 February, the feast of Candlemas.It has been a great honour to serve amongst you at Lincoln Cathedral.

Please be assured that I will be working fully in supporting the worship and ministry of the cathedral for the next three and a half months and will continue to drive forward the strategic and immediate priorities of Chapter and support you in your work.

In the New Year, there will be an opportunity for us all to come together so that I can thank you and celebrate the ministry and achievements of the last six years; more details about that will follow nearer the time.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

Announcement from the Chapter Clerk, Will Harrison

I shall be leaving the Cathedral after Christmas to take up a role as estate manager to a private estate in Suffolk. It is a role for which my career and my qualifications have had me heading, and will reacquaint me with farming, tractors and cattle while also looking after old buildings!

It is a wrench to leave Lincoln, which has been home for 18 years, and particularly the Cathedral, with which I’ve been associated since 1996. However, I feel the time is right for a fresh challenge, and to put some currently unfulfilled passions to work.

Chapter, supported by the Bishop, are exploring ways to continue all that we do seamlessly. Meanwhile, there is still lots to do as always, and I will be working hard to make sure we are robustly set up for the vacancy.

COO Vacancy

 The role of Chief Operating Officer is now being recruited via the cathedral website. Please do pass details of the role to your networks should there be anyone who may be interested in joining us as COO.





Organ Recitals

Friday 4 November – Darius Battiwalla, Leeds City organist

Friday 11 November – Jeffrey Makinson, Organist, Lincoln Cathedral

Cathedral Shop Christmas Preview

Friday 18 November – Enjoy a truly festive atmosphere, and light refreshments supplied by The Lincoln Tea and Coffee Company, and the Original Cake Company. Plus, we will be unveiling the new and exclusive dean’s Eye Gin created for the Cathedral by the Lincoln Gin Company.

We’ll be joined by our local suppliers and there’ll be 15% off on the evening (although please note some exclusions will apply), and free gift wrapping.

Tickets are free, and you are welcome to drop in on the evening, but to help us manage refreshments we request that you do book a place

Handel’s Messiah
Saturday 19 November – Lincoln Cathedral Choir return with their performance of Handel’s Messiah, a spectacular piece of music which is to be accompanied by Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra.

Royal Salute Concert

Thursday 24 November – Join the full-time professional musicians of the Royal Air Force for a special event in the Nave of Lincoln Cathedral.

Carols by Candlelight

Wednesday 14 December – Tickets will go on sale 1 November

Ceremony of Carols

Saturday 17 December – performed by Lincoln Cathedral Choristers and Youth Choir, accompanied by harpist, Thea Maund.

For full details of events, and to book tickets, please visit https://lincolncathedral.com/forthcoming-events/