This is the first time since the fire, Our Lady of Paris, a ceremony will be celebrated. In this good Friday which precedes Easter, the actors Judith Chemla and Philippe Torreton and the violinist Renaud Capuçon will gather around the archbishop of Paris during the veneration of the crown of thorns in the cathedral. The ceremony will be rebroadcast live on BFM TV.
On Friday 10 April, good Friday 2020 not going to look like no other for the catholics of the whole world. While in normal times, many of the stations of the cross are held inside or outside the churches, to commemorate the sufferings and death of Christ, the churches this year are closed, and masses pronounced behind closed doors, due to the containment.
Meditation, readings and music at Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral for the good Friday
The archbishop of Paris, however, provided a time of meditation in a small committee this Friday, April 10, at Notre-Dame de Paris. “On good Friday, at 11.30 am, the archbishop of Paris vénérera the Crown of thorns at the inside of Notre-Dame. It will be accompanied by Archbishop Patrick Chauvet, the rector of the cathedral, and Bishop Denis Jachiet, auxiliary bishop, ” said Bishop Michel Aupetit, video-conference, Tuesday, April 7, from the archdiocese.
During this meditation, the actors Judith Chemla and Philippe Torreton will read the texts of the writers Paul Claudel and Charles Péguy, the poet Mary Christmas, or Mother Teresa, interspersed with pieces performed by the violinist Renaud Capuçon, has also explained the archbishop. This event will be broadcast live on KTO – catholic broadcaster – but also on BFM TV.
The crown of thorns : a relic is the most sacred of Our Lady
It is the most precious relics preserved at Notre-Dame. The crown of thorns is that which the Romans would have crowned Jesus on the day of his crucifixion to mock the ” king of the Jews “. It was purchased by Saint Louis in the beginning of the Thirteenth century, and deposited by him at Notre-Dame de Paris. According to the vow of st. Louis, it is shown to the faithful at Easter, the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ three days after his death.
The crown consists of a circle of rushes of 21 centimeters, held in place with gold wire. A lot of the thorns have been scattered over the centuries through the various gifts. Since 1896, a tube of crystal and gold protects the crown : his mount in gold represents a branch of zizyphus, a thorny shrub that grows commonly in Palestine. The precious crown was saved during the fire that destroyed Notre-Dame de Paris there was just a year ago, on April 15, 2019. She has since found refuge in the Louvre.