Corpus Christi

For over 140 years, Arundel Cathedral has celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi with a magnificent festival of flowers, featuring a world famous 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 theme of this year’s carpet design is ‘The God Who Speaks’ inspired by the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and 1,600th anniversary of St. Jerome’s death. 

The 2020 Carpet of Flowers will be open to the public on Tuesday 9 June where visitors can see the carpet being laid. This normally starts after the 10.00am Mass and the volunteers carry on working until it is finished, usually by 5.00pm.

During Monday and Tuesday that week other floral displays are arranged around the Cathedral.

On Wednesday 10 June from 9.30am to 8.00pm and on Thursday 11 June from 9.30am until 5.30pm the church is open for the festival.

Stewards are available over these two days to answer any questions about the history of Arundel Cathedral and the feast of Corpus Christi. There are stands for the Friends of Arundel Cathedral, the Poor Clares selling homemade cards and the Cathedral Choir with a selection of CD’s available to purchase. During the festival there is often the opportunity to hear the Cathedral organ being played.

There is no charge for admission and refreshments/food are available to purchase throughout both days in the Cathedral Centre, a short distance from the Cathedral past the St. Mary’s Gate Public House.

Photographs of the 2020 Carpet of Flowers will be on sale inside the Cathedral alongside many other quality gifts, books, keepsakes and brochures.

Masses on the Feast of Corpus Christi (Thursday 11 June 2020) 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 the procession to the Castle.