US News Paris: a meditation at Notre-Dame for Easter

20:05  07 april  2020
20:05  07 april  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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 Notre-Dame de Paris: resumption of work is being prepared remotely © Sipa A year after the terrible fire in Notre-Dame de Paris, the teams are preparing, remotely, the resumption of work A long-term sleep not determined. But the revival is already preparing for the day when everything will start again. The colossal consolidation site of Notre-Dame de Paris was halted on March 16 due to the health crisis linked to the epidemic of Covid-19.

Mgr Michel Aupetit, archevêque de Paris, bénira la capitale jeudi à midi depuis la basilique du Sacré-Coeur (XVIIIe). © LP / Jean-Baptiste Quentin Mgr Michel Aupetit, Archbishop of Paris, will bless the capital on Thursday at noon from the Sacré-Coeur basilica (18th century).

“It was not God who invented the coronavirus or who set Notre-Dame on fire! But from all this there can be something good if, after the epidemic, we make man the absolute value, not the economy and money. God can always get something much greater from the misfortune that strikes us, "said Archbishop Michel Aupetit, Archbishop of Paris, during the press videoconference he gave this Tuesday morning and which enabled him to announce the planned religious actions for this holy week.

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Meditation at Notre-Dame Friday. Thursday at noon, Bishop Aupetit will bless Paris from the Sacré-Coeur basilica (18th century) "so that the Lord may send his protection to the city". Friday from 11:30 am inside the cathedral, the Archbishop of Paris will venerate the crown of thorns of Christ who escaped the flames of the fire of April 15, 2019.

Broadcast live on BFMTV, a time of meditation at behind closed doors will follow during which texts by Paul Claudel, Charles Peguy, Mother Teresa… will be read by the actors Judith Chemla and Philippe Torreton "with, alternately, pieces of music interpreted by the violinist Renaud Capuçon". Usually celebrated during Easter Vigil on Saturday evening, the baptisms of adults are postponed to Pentecost on May 31.

Ile-de-France: There is no question of skipping Easter chocolates

 Ile-de-France: There is no question of skipping Easter chocolates © LP / Cécile Chevallier. Savigny-sur-Orge, April 7, 2020. Christophe Bertrand, artisan chocolate maker, delivers chocolates for Easter, but reminds customers that they have the right to go to its A la Reine Astrid boutiques (in Essonne and Hauts- de-Seine), where they are received one by one as a health precaution. "My daughter is 23 years old, so she is tall," admits Nicole. But with this epidemic of coronavirus, I have even more desire to mark the occasion for Easter.

Solidarity continues despite the confinement. Operation Solidarity Winter (opening of churches on winter nights) continues: 70 homeless people are currently confined to 21 parishes. In partnership with the prefecture and the City of Paris, 25 mobilized churches have become food distribution centers: 1,600 packed lunches are distributed there every day from Monday to Sunday by 1,500 volunteers. "20 women, kicked out by their sleep merchant, will be accommodated and confined to the shelter of the Sacré-Coeur basilica," said François Déprez, delegate of the Archbishop for Solidarity.

A call for donations is launched by the Notre-Dame foundation, which has already raised € 120,000, to help those most in need during the epidemic. A spiritual listening telephone line was opened on¶

No bells from Notre-Dame at Easter! "The bells of Notre-Dame, the construction of which was halted from the start of confinement, will not ring on Easter Sunday. Technically, this is not possible. But the bells will ring on the fly the day the confinement ends, ”announces Msgr. Benoist de Sinety, vicar general of the diocese.

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A year after the fire that ravaged the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, Emmanuel Macron spoke on Wednesday, in a video posted on social networks, thanking "all those who yesterday saved it and all those who today are rebuilding it". © ERIC DESSONS / JDD / SIPA Emmanuel Macron spoke to the French again on Wednesday, two days after his television address followed by nearly 37 million viewers.

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