Prayers in Lincoln as Synod in York debates women bishops

A special day of prayers is being held in Lincoln Cathedral to coincide with a debate over whether to allow women to become bishops in the Church of England. The General Synod is considering the matter at a meeting in York.

A series of vigils has been organised at the cathedral in Lincoln where prayers will be offered on the hour, every hour at St Hugh's Shrine which is at the east end of the building.

The Precentor of Lincoln, The Revd Canon Gavin Kirk, who is also a member of the General Synod, said that the proposed legislation was one of the most significant in the history of the Church of England.

Since women were ordained to the priesthood in 1994, the Church of England has been moving steadily to this point. The proposal has received great support, and also great opposition, and the strength of feelings on both sides mean that the debate must be conducted in the context of prayer, and with the prayerful support of churches around the country.

– The Precentor of Lincoln, The Revd Canon Gavin Kirk