On Sunday 22 June, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrated Mass at St Boniface Church, Whitechapel, which is under the care of the German Catholic Mission, and opened the newly-refurbished Wynfrid House that operates as part of its work.
The Mass was celebrated in both German and English, with concelebrants coming from neighbouring parishes in the deanery as well as from German-speaking dioceses. A Eucharistic procession in the church followed. In his homily Cardinal Vincent reflected on the Feast and on the love which it manifests:
‘It is a feast which most profoundly expresses God’s love for us, the self-giving of his Son. It is a feast that expresses our love for the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist. It is a day in which the Church expresses in many ways its love for the Lord; and one of these is here in the crown of flowers above the Altar, saying that this is the throne of our King.’
The Cardinal also spoke of the Eucharistic Procession and the important witness that it gives:
‘The procession tells us where we’re going. It is our road map, our sat nav to our destiny to be with Jesus. It provides a profound expression of our witness to the faith and it reminds us that Jesus is always with us in our lives.’
After re-opening Wynfrid House Cardinal Vincent was shown around the hostel, which offers bed and breakfast accommodation with 35 rooms and two dormitories. The parish community then joined in a meal to celebrate the re-opening and the Solemnity.