Sunday, July 02, 2023

Corpus Christi 2023 Photopost (Part 4): Special London Edition

This fourth part of our annual Corpus Christi photopost series shows only one city, London, which celebrates the great feast in a truly exemplary fashion that our bishops in the United States would do well to imitate as part of the Eucharistic revival. The Central London Eucharistic procession, which was instituted ten years ago, is the culmination of the London Eucharistic Octave, a week of Adoration, sung Masses in various western Rites, and the Quarant’ore devotion at the church of Corpus Christi Maiden Lane in Covent Garden, which His Eminence Vincent Cardinal Nichols, archbishop of Westminster, established as the diocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament five years ago. The octave has grown in scope and popularity, and now attracts many hundreds of faithful to crowded Masses, culminating in a procession attended by some 2,000 people.

In the mean time, there will be a fifth post in this series, so if you would like to add your own photos of recent feasts such as the Sacred Heart, St John the Baptist or Ss Peter and Paul, send them in to, and remember to include the name and location of the church. Keep up the good work of evanglizing through beauty!

Pontifical Mass at Corpus Christi Maiden Lane
Celebrated by His Eminence Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Abp of Westminster.  
Procession from the church of the Assumption in Warwick Street, the former Portuguese and Bavarian embassy chapel, and the oldest extant Catholic recusant church in London.
Along Regent Street and Oxford Street
At the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church of the Holy Family in Exile
At St James Spanish Place, as Mendelsohn’s Lauda Sion is sung, Benediction is given by Monsignor Newton of the Ordinariate, in the presence of the Ukrainian Eparch. Our reader who sent these pictures writes: “The sense of joy and hope, of unity and the love of our Catholic Traditions, were very tangible this year, a reflection perhaps of the Faith and resilience of the Faithful and clergy in the face of so many attacks from within and without, a phenomenon which was also made so very evident at Chartres.”

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