140 years, Arundel Cathedral has celebrated the feast of Corpus
Christi with a festival of flowers, which includes a magnificent
carpet of flowers in the central aisle of the Cathedral and a procession
of the Blessed Sacrament from the Cathedral to the courtyard of
Arundel Castle, where Benediction is given.
This year’s design is themed on ‘Adoremus Liverpool
2018’ – the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress
that takes place 7-9 September 2018.
In 2018 the Carpet of Flowers will be open to public view on Wednesday
30 May from 9.30am to 8.00pm and on Thursday 31st May from 9.30am
until celebration of Mass at 5.30pm and the Blessed Sacrament procession
to the Castle. Many thousands of people come from all over the south
of England to visit the Cathedral on these two days.
There is no charge for admission and refreshments are available
throughout both days in the Cathedral Centre, a short distance from
the Cathedral. Photographs of this year's carpet will be on sale
plus many other items.
There will be numerous floral displays around the Cathedral. Flower
arrangers are invited to take part and are given a free hand in
the design of displays.
The Cathedral will also be open to the public on Tuesday 29th May
whilst the carpet is being laid by Cathedral parishioners. This
normally starts after the 10.00am Mass and the parishioners work
until it is finished, usually by 5.00pm.
Masses on the Feast of Corpus Christi (Thursday) are at 8.30am at
the Convent of the Poor Clares, Crossbush and in the Cathedral at
5.30pm. The 5.30pm Mass is presided by Bishop Richard Moth and is
followed by procession to the Castle for Benediction.