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Corpus Christi carpet, Arundel, 2016

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ARFLC 005Visited Arundel Cathedral, West Sussex, on Wednesday 25 May,  the day before the feast of Corpus Christi, hoping to see the floral carpet being laid, but, in fact, this had been completed the previous day, and the Cathedral was now open so that it could be viewed.  On arriving at about noon there was a queue of predominantly elderly people outside and the Cathedral was packed with people viewing and photographing the carpet and flower arrangements.

ARFLC 068The theme for 2016 was the Year of Mercy, declared by Pope Francis as an invitation to ‘contemplate the mercy of God was revealed in the face of Jesus, his Son’.

As usual the flowers, mainly chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum cvs) with ‘highlights’ of roses (Rosa cvs), peony (Paeonia cv.), gerbera (Gerbera cvs) and carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus cvs), were arranged against a background of cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsonianus).  Around the perimeter walls were stalls selling a wide variety of  Catholic devotional items.

ARFLC 071The flower arrangements seemed to be slightly fewer and rather less elaborate than in 2015, but the shrine of St Philip Howard (1557-1595) was abundantly decorated with predominantly red blossoms.

By mid afternoon the crowd had greatly diminished and there was a generally much more pleasant atmosphere in throughout the Cathedral, and by early evening, when a good number of younger people were present, the mood was almost quietly contemplative.


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