100 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.
the Carpet of Flowers will be open to public view on Wednesday 25th
May from 9.30am to 8.00pm and on Thursday 26th 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 24th 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.