From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. local time on April 10, the Good Friday meditation before the crown of thorns will be broadcast live from inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Last year on April 15, the world watched in shock as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris went up in flames. The fire did not stop the church from conducting their services then as they went on with it outdoors, reported UPI at the time. This year, due to the pandemic, they will be conducting services online, according to the Catholic News Agency. “When Mary is at the foot of the cross, she knows that from the most absolute evil God can always draw a much greater good," Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris said in an online press conference on April 7. “I do not see any meaning in the cathedral fire or the COVID-19 epidemic. On the other hand, I know that God can bring much greater out of the misfortune that strikes us,” he said.
It is wonderful that two of the most important relics in Christianity can be venerated by the faithful this Holy Week, albeit only via television and online; on Good Friday, the Crown of Thorns from the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, and on Holy Saturday, the Shroud of Turin. pic.twitter.com/FqKdse34TE— Catholic Sat (@CatholicSat) April 7, 2020
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. local time on April 10, the Good Friday meditation before the Crown of Thorns will be broadcast live from inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Archbishop Aupetit will lead a meditation on the Passion of Christ inside the cathedral in the apse behind Notre-Dame’s Pietà. He will be joined by Msgr. Patrick Chauvet, rector of Notre-Dame and Auxiliary Bishop Denis Jachiet. It has also been revealed that French actors Philippe Torreton and Judith Chemla will read texts by Charles Péguy, Paul Claudel, and St. Teresa of Calcutta, while violinist Renaud Capuçon will provide musical accompaniment.
Reuters reports that a small congregation of worshippers will hold a short service on Good Friday, with limited attendance due to lockdown restrictions. “Only a few priests will attend the masses that we will celebrate during the Holy Week and people will be able to follow services on radio or on television,” said the archbishop in a video news conference. The service will include a wreath rescued after the fire at Notre-Dame. The archbishop then mentioned during the press conference that he originally had plans to have a street procession with the relic in Paris, but this was no longer possible due to the strict coronavirus measures in France.
The veneration of the crown of thorns saved from the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris will continue this year and be available on line at https://t.co/V12i4Rdgf5. It's begins at 11:30 Paris time, which is early for us: 4:30 a.m. CDT/5:30 EDT on Good Friday. pic.twitter.com/p7ewp9729P— Fr. John Huber, CSB (@HuberJB) April 8, 2020
Paris has been under lockdown since March 17 with all non-essential trips from home banned except for a visit to the grocery store or doctor’s office. With nearly 100,000 coronavirus cases being reported in France, the country’s lockdown measures to curb the spread of the virus has been extended until at least April 15, which falls on the anniversary of the Notre-Dame fire. Additionally, these Coronavirus measures have delayed the reconstruction efforts at Notre-Dame de Paris.
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