Photo Set: The Pontifical Mass of Cardinal Arinze at Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane

Corpus Christi always presents various opportunities for articles and today I wished to share Corpus Christi from a church by the same name in London: Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane -- a parish which we have featured here before.

For their titular feast, a Solemn Pontifical Mass in the usus antiquior was offered by Francis Cardinal Arinze, former Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship from 2002 until 2008.

Here are a few select images from the Mass which will show the full spectrum of not only the liturgy but also liturgical arts; from beautiful, antique, Italianate vestments, to the liturgical books, church plate and the very architecture itself.  This is -- to borrow the title of an old book -- the splendour of Catholic worship.

(A full photo can be found on their social media page,)

The cardinal arrives in cappa magna. Having visited the Blessed Sacrament, he proceeds to throne to be vested in the liturgical vestments. 

Pontifical gloves and ring.
The subdeacon sings the Epistle

The homily

The Pontifical Canon
This photo gives a very good view of the beautiful gold embroidery found on the vestments. 
The precious mitre. (Mitra pretiosa) Behind you can also see the beautiful candlesticks and reliquaries.
The lace you see on the cuff of the alb is Batttenberg lace and one of best where lace is concerned.

"Hoc est enim Corpus meum."
The Confiteor before Holy Communion
Following the Mass came Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament:

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