The Cathedral towers over the rooftops of Arundel in West Sussex, UK, in this lightly textured sunset image
Canon EOS 5D with EF70-200 f/2.8 IS USM + 2.0x converter. 3 exposures blended in Photoshop’s 1st gen. HDR panel, tweaked in Topaz Detail and with a light texture layer added
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Situated in a prominent position in London Road, Arundel, West Sussex, England the cathedral overlooks the ancient town of Arundel on the west bank of the river Arun, where the valley opens out into the coastal plain. Arundel Castle, seat of the Dukes of Norfolk, stands on the northern side of the town.
Each year the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), is celebrated in Arundel Cathedral with a carpet of flowers laid down the length of the centre aisle in honour of Blessed Sacrament; the whole work is undertaken by parishioners. In the ancient world it was the custom to strew flowers in the path of important persons as a sign of respect and reverence. This custom was adopted by the Church to honour the Blessed Sacrament, carried in procession on the festival of Corpus Christi. In some places in Europe this practice was extended so that whole streets were carpeted with flowers. Even today, in some towns in Italy, a carpet of flowers is laid for the entire route of the procession, in intricate patterns and pictures depicting scenes from the gospels.
Duke Henry, having seen the carpet of flowers in the village of Sutri outside Rome, introduced it to Arundel in 1877. The tradition was broken during the first World War but it was revived in 1919 and has continued ever since. The festivities conclude with a Mass in the Cathedral on the evening of the feast which is followed by a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to Arundel Castle for benediction.
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