Lincoln Cathedral urges people to use online services

Lincoln Cathedral has announced changes to its opening times and pattern of worship during the current lockdown.

Lincoln Cathedral

In line with government guidance, the Cathedral remains open in a limited way for private prayer and worship, however, people are being asked to take seriously the advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Those able to take part in services from home are being encouraged to do so.

Sung Eucharist at 10am on Sundays and Choral Evensong at 5.30pm on Tuesdays and Fridays will continue to be streamed live on the Cathedral’s Facebook page - www.facebook.com/Lincoln.Cathedral - so people can join in prayer without needing to be physically present.

There will continue to be daily public services in the Cathedral.

A Cathedral spokesman said: “We are aware of the increased risks at this time, and there will be increased measures in place for those who do decide to join us – including enhanced social distancing, which will significantly restrict the number of people able to be present at times of worship.”

For those who may find the need to offer personal prayers, light a candle for someone they know to be in need, or just find a safe place for quiet and reflection, the Cathedral will remain open for private prayer between 10am and 1pm each day.

The Rev Canon Nick Brown, Precentor of Lincoln said: “Since restrictions were first put in place in March 2020, the Cathedral has maintained a daily offering of prayer and worship for the diocese of Lincoln, those who minister within it, and the communities they serve.

“We are aware of the huge importance that being able to access a place of prayer has for many people, and are seeking to strike a balance between meeting people’s spiritual needs whilst paying full attention to the need for people to restrict social interactions in order to interrupt the spread of the coronavirus.

“With the news that we need to enter a period of stricter lockdown, we are aware of the impact that this will have on people’s daily lives and their spiritual, mental and physical well-being and will do all we can to support people spiritually and emotionally through what may be a challenging time for many.”

Full details of online services, service times and opening for private prayer can be found on the Cathedral’s website – www.lincolncathedral.com.