I received a note from Fr. Robinson of the little church in Maiden Lane near Covent Garden in London, Corpus Christ. Father has quite the restoration project going and it is worthy of notice by everyone.
I also remind the readership of the public witness of so many priests in England regarding Catholic doctrine and the dictates of reason. HERE
Here is another image of work in progress on the little Lady Chapel at Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane.
Also, by email I learned that Fr. Robinson will soon be visiting the counterpart church in NYC, St. Malachy’s, also an “actors church”. Let us not forget that actors have souls. Given the difficulties of their environments, they too need the help of prayers, sacraments and sacramentals.
___ UPDATED May 11, 2015
I was recently reminded of the great work Fr. Robinson is doing at Corpus Christi in London, Maiden Lane near Covent Garden. He has a great restoration project going that could use some global support!
You should know that this is one of the locations where the TLM was preserved even during some of the earliest and more difficult times.
____ Originally Published on: Jan 14, 2015 @ 16:51
I recently visited the beautiful little Church near Covent Garden, Corpus Christi. HERE It is, among other things, the local “actors church”. However, it was originally intended by Cardinal Manning to be a site for special veneration of the Blessed Sacrament in the heart of London. This is a city that needs it!
If you haven’t been in Corpus Christi for awhile, you are in for a treat the next time.
The parish priest, Fr. Robinson, has undertaken an extensive project of renovation. The results so far are wonderful. You might recall that, in the back of the church, the brickwork was covered over with a rather dingy – let’s call it white. The red bricks are now exposed and everything has been tuck-pointed. The lady chapel is being spiffed up with new marble and a new meter high (or so) marble statue of Our Lady of Walsingham from Italy. And, drum roll, an ad orientem altar!
Joseph Shaw of the Latin Mass Society posted a few photos of what the sanctuary is like now without the free standing altar.
The sanctuary right now is free of the free standing table altar and, if I understood Father correctly, it might not be coming back!
I’ve been promised some photos of before and after. Hopefully I’l be able to post them soon. In the meantime, check out some renderings. HERE
Every Monday there is a sung Mass at Corpus Christi at 6:30 pm, after which some people go for a drink and a bite.
This parish doesn’t have a church hall, which limits how they can bring in income. It is a good project and there is a way for Americans to donate and get a tax deduction. HERE
BTW… since my trip this time has been so filled with Turner, the painter was born in Maiden Lane! And another point, today – 14 January – is the anniversary of the death of Card. Manning, mentioned above.
And do you know the hymn Sweet Sacrament Divine? It was written by a former priest of the parish, Fr. Francis Stanfield.
Fr. Z kudos to Fr. Robinson for the great start on the restoration. I hope people will visit the church when they are in London. It is close Covent Garden which so many people visit (remember My Fair Lady).