Name: Corpus Christi Church
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Address: 1/5 Maiden Lane. WC2E 7NB
Please visit the website for times of services and details of other events.
Often referred to as the “hidden gem” in the West End, this church was opened in 1874 and the then Archbishop Cardinal Henry Manning said during his homily at the opening mass that “a sanctuary has been opened to be specifically devoted to the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament”. This was the first church dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament after the Reformation. The famous hymn, ‘Sweet Sacrament Divine, was written by the parish priest Fr Francis Stanfield. It is also known as “the actors’ church” and is the home of the Catholic Association of the Performing Arts (formerly, the Catholic Stage Guild).
For decades the Latin Mass Society has also celebrated mass here. A young adult’s prayer group meets here weekly and this is a vibrant place of worship and an oasis of prayer and calm – open all day long for visitors, tourists, those who work and live nearby and shoppers to pause and pray.