St Mary Magdalene, Lincoln

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The church they knocked down or modified to build the cathedral! That was the fate of the first-known building for the Parish and the remains of the foundations are believed to be under the cathedral's nave floor. For some time, the dispossessed parishioners heard Mass said at the western end of the original, smaller-than-now, Norman cathedral, their children were baptised in the cathedral font and their dead were buried in the cathedral graveyard.

When the cathedral building was widened, the Chapel of St Mary Magdalene was built in the north-west corner and became the Parish Church. For approximately two hundred years, the Parishioners held services here but when the cathedral close wall was built, the Parishioners yet again found themselves unable to gain access to their Parish Church and once more dispossessed.

As a result, in the late 13th century, Bishop Oliver Sutton (who previously had been the Dean of the Cathedral) provided a new plot of land within the Close but accessible from the Bail where the present church building has stood for seven hundred years. On the Sunday either before or after St Mary Magdalene's Day (July 22nd), the Parishioners re-assert their right to worship in the Cathedral by processing across from the current church to visit their ancient parish church and hold a service. As there are now so many people attending this occasion, in practice this takes place by starting at the west end of the cathedral (where the Parishioners first-ever congregated), then proceeding to the Quire for Evensong and  then back again to the west end before returning to the current church where refreshments are served.

We are a sanctuary of peace and prayer amongst the bustling tourist area of Lincoln.

There is a service of worship every day and a lively, active congregation ministers both to parishioners and to many visitors from all over the world

We welcome everyone from all walks of life either to visit the church or to join us for worship.

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Sunday

Holy Communion (said)
This is a quiet and still, said celebration - Common Worship Order 1
Every first Sunday at 9:00 AM for 40 minutes
Common Worship
Pre-service Choir Practice
Term-time only
Every Sunday at 10:15 AM for ½ hour
Choral Eucharist
Choral Eucharist is Common Worship Order 1 and is attended by people of all ages and from all walks of life. A 4-part robed choir sings the service every Sunday (but usually is free from commitment on the Sunday after Christmas Day, the Sunday after Easter Day and during the state-school summer holidays). There is Sunday School for younger children including babes in arms (except during the summer holidays). Coffee is usually served afterwards.
Every Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
Pre-service Choir Practice
Immediately before Evensong
Every second and fourth Sunday at 5:15 PM for ½ hour
Taize
A quiet, reflective service with Taize chanting, prayers and readings from scripture.
Every first Sunday at 6:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
Evensong
BCP Evensong with 4-part robed choir is attended by people of all ages and from all walks of life. Children have a supervised quiet area where they can see and hear clearly. The Office is sung throughout. Psalms and canticles are sung to chants. There is always an Anthem. When the Choir is absent, psalm and canticles are are sung to plainsong
Every second and fourth Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Book of Common Prayer
Songs of Praise
A less-formal service, Songs of Praise usually has a theme relevant to the time of year. (During term-time) the choir contribute anthems suitable for the occasion and the service offers everyone the opportunity for a lot of singing!
Every fifth Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly

Monday

Evening Prayer
This is a short, quiet service (lasting 15 minutes approx.) for the end of the day
Every Monday at 5:45 PM for ¼ hour

Tuesday

Evening Prayer
This is a short, quiet service (lasting 15 minutes approx.) for the end of the day
Every Tuesday at 5:45 PM for ¼ hour

Wednesday

Holy Communion
This is a plain celebration of the Eucharist for the middle of the week
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Evening Prayer
This is a short, quiet service (lasting 15 minutes approx.) for the end of the day
Every Wednesday at 5:45 PM for ¼ hour

Thursday

Evening Prayer
This is a short, quiet service (lasting 15 minutes approx.) for the end of the day
Every Thursday at 5:45 PM for ¼ hour

Friday

Evening Prayer
This is a short, quiet service (lasting 15 minutes approx.) for the end of the day
Every Friday at 5:45 PM for ¼ hour
Main Choir Practice
Term time only. Starts 7.00 pm. Ends 8.00 pm. More details on website.
Term-time only
Every Friday at 7:00 PM for 1 hour

Saturday

Holy Communion
On the THIRD SATURDAY IN THE MONTH, Holy Communion at 5.00 pm REPLACES Evening Prayer at 5.45 pm
Every third Saturday at 5:00 PM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Evening Prayer
This is a short, quiet service (lasting 15 minutes approx.) for the end of the day
Every Saturday at 5:45 PM for ¼ hour

Features


(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
Stained Glass
Organ

 

House Study Groups
     
Guidebooks
Church Open From 10.30am-11:30am every day except Saturday From 10..00 am - 4.00 pm on the third Saturday in the month,(coinciding with the Farmers Market) when refreshments are served. Before, during and after services
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 14553
Built: 1880-1882
Architect: G F Bodley (19th Century renovation)
Archdeaconry: LINCOLN (211)
Deanery: CHRISTIANITY (21103)
CofE Church Info: (621078 21/78)
Short URL: acny.uk/14553/
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The current editor is: Christopher Brook

This page was last updated on Friday 2nd December 2016
 
 
 
St Mary Magdalene : Exchequergate, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1 3AR - The church is on the corner of Exchequergate and Bailgate in Castle Hill (also known locally as Castle Square)

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