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Hello to you all in lockdown! Welcome to the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament.

Things are incredibly tough at the moment, and Covent Garden is largely empty – but Our Eucharistic Lord remains with us in the Tabernacle. Following the Prime Minister’s address tonight, the church doors will have to remain closed. His Eminence, Cardinal Nichols has written to the Diocese, saying:

One practical point that follows very clearly from the Prime Minister’s statement is that all churches must be closed, and remain closed. It is essential that we all follow this instruction, painful and difficult though it is.

However, the Holy Mass will continue to be offered for you and your intentions each day here at the Shrine. All these Masses will be live streamed on our Facebook page at fb.com/corpuschristimaidenlane at:

  • 8.00am Monday to Saturday
  • 9.30am on Sunday.

You can also make a Spiritual Communion: not just during the Mass but at any time during the day.

If you need to make your Confession, please call the Parish Office at 020 7836 4700.

Please keep praying for an end to this terrible virus, and for each other, as we continue to pray for you all.

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A message from His Eminence, Cardinal Nichols at these trying times:

Welcome to the hidden gem of Covent Garden in London, Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Maiden Lane. Corpus Christi is the Westminster Diocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament, and was elevated to this dignity by Cardinal Nichols in 2018.

Built in 1874 as an act of reparation for sins against the Blessed Sacrament during the Reformation and since, the church of Corpus Christi holds a very special place in the hearts of Catholics around the world. The hymns Sweet Sacrament Divine and O Sacred Heart were composed here by a former Parish Priest, Fr. Francis Stanfield and Mgr. Ronald Knox preached his many famous homilies on the Blessed Sacrament from this church’s pulpit. As home to the Catholic Association for Performing Arts (previously the Catholic Stage Guild), Corpus Christi has also become known as the Actors’ Church, providing a home for Catholic Actors performing in Covent Garden and around the West End.

Whether you live in the Parish, or are just visiting London, you will find our doors open all day.

Cardinal Nichols on Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane:

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If this church were dedicated to some martyr or confessor, I would be urging you to imitate his actions, to be like him. But since this church takes its title from the Blessed Sacrament, I will urge you rather to be like the Blessed Sacrament; to let Christ live in you, to let him make you the abiding dwelling-place of his presence.

 – Mgr. Ronald Knox preaching at Corpus Christi

Pope Benedict XVI famously once said that “without the Eucharist, the Church quite simply would not exist.” It was this reality that the Reformers understood all too clearly during the reigns of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I as they sought to eradicate Catholicism from these British Isles. However, as Christ promised St. Peter, the gates of Hell would not prevail against the Church and with the re-establishment of the hierarchy in England in 1850 came not only the beginning of the re-sanctification of this land, but also acts of penance and atonement for the sins committed against Our Blessed Lord, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.

Corpus Christi was opened in 1874 by Cardinal Manning as an act of reparation for sins against the Holy Eucharist during that time and since. Over the years Corpus Christi has become a place of devotion, stillness and prayer where one can come and spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament, make one’s confession or simply light a candle for a particular intention. With a strong emphasis on beauty and tradition, the very heart of Corpus Christi’s mission is leading souls to God, who is the fullness of Beauty, Truth and Life.

The church is open daily to all from around 8:00am until around 7:00pm.

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If anybody is ever in London and in Covent Garden, please come to Corpus Christi Church in Maiden Lane. You will get a glimpse of Heaven and an embrace of God’s mercy, peace and calmness in the midst of a busy city.

– His Eminence, Vincent Cardinal Nichols

How to get here

Tube/Underground

Covent Garden Station: Piccadilly Line
Leicester Square: Northern and Piccadilly Lines
Charing Cross: Northern, Bakerloo, District, Circle Lines
Embankment: Northern, Bakerloo, District, Circle Lines

Bus

Nearest stops are Southampton Street/Covent Garden, Bedford Street and Trafalgar Square/Charing Cross

Numbers: 6, 9, 11, 12, 15, 23, 24, 29, 87, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176

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