Today: Tuesday, 13 April 2021 year

Holy Thursday service held at fire-ravaged Notre Dame

Holy Thursday service held at fire-ravaged Notre Dame

The Roman Catholic Church is proud to hold a Holy Thursday service at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Despite the fire and damage, two years after, the cathedral welcomes the believers.

Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, which is still under construction after it was ravaged by flames just days before Easter in 2019, continues to function. In 2019, a shocking blaze has ruined the roof of the medieval building.

Despite the blaze and its complex consequences for the 800-year-old building, the ceremony involved a foot-washing ritual that took place on April 1st. For all Christians, that special ceremony symbolizes god’s willingness to serve. Today, six worshipers were chosen for the foot washing, a diverse group including medical staff, the needy and some people who are set to be baptized this Easter.

Paris Bishop Michel Aupetit led the rite, accompanied by Notre-Dame’s rector Patrick Chauvet. Attendance at the service was sharply restricted due to the cathedral’s reconstruction and the pandemic, Associated Press reports on Thursday.