We have received a press release from the churches of St. James, Spanish Place, and the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, about this coming Sunday’s Corpus Christi Procession which the central London parishes will be taking part in, including our own Ordinariate parish of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory, Warwick Street:
Cardinal to attend Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday 7th June 2015, commencing 5.15 p.m. at Farm Street
The neighbouring central London parishes of the Church of The Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, Mayfair, and St James’s Church, Spanish Place (home of the small Marylebone Ordinariate group), will be holding their second outdoor procession between the two churches on Sunday 7th June 2015.
This year Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has graciously agreed to participate.
The Blessed Sacrament procession, which takes place on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, will commence at 5.15 p.m. inside the Jesuit Church, Farm Street, W1K 3AH. The processional route will include Berkeley Square, Grosvenor Square, Duke Street and Manchester Square. It will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at St James’s Church, Spanish Place, W1U 3QY. The procession will include prayers on the steps of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in Duke Street.
Though the event is jointly organised by the two parishes, all are welcome to attend. For those wishing to assist at Holy Mass, there are scheduled Masses at Farm Street at 4.15 p.m. and at Spanish Place at 7.00 p.m.. The Spanish Place Mass will be celebrated by the Cardinal.
The Rector of St James’s Church, Fr. Christopher Colven, said: “Pope Francis has asked Catholics to be “missionary disciples”. A Corpus Christi Procession helps us to be just that. As we carry Jesus in his Eucharistic Presence through the streets of Mayfair and Marylebone we witness to the love of God in the most expressive and powerful way open to us.”
Fr. Dominic Robinson SJ of Farm Street Church said: “It’s a privilege and joy to witness to our faith as Catholics on the streets of our great city. As we bear the Body of Jesus through those streets we pray that his love, peace and healing will enter into the lives of Londoners of whatever faith or none and we pray for peace and harmony in our world. In particular it is a great joy to unite in prayer with our Ukrainian brothers and sisters and for all whose lives are affected by disunity, violence and conflict”.