New Delhi: For the first time in over two centuries, Notre Dame cathedral in Paris will not be celebrating the Midnight Mass, stated a report.
This is due to an accidental fire accident in April 15 , 2019, that spread over the building, destroying its spire, the lead roof and two stone towers. The inferno was later brought under control with the help of over 500 firefighters who were involved in the task of dousing the flames throughout the night.
To carry out the restoration work, the cathedral’s rector, famed statue and liturgy have been decamped to a temporary home at Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois, another Gothic church in Paris. Officials are now trying to keep the spirit of the 855-year-old cathedral alive through service, song and prayer, stated a report.
Following the fire accident, several leaders had expressed their anguish at the huge loss. The Vatican expressed shock and sadness and said that it was praying for the French fire services. Calling Notre-Dame a symbol of French and European culture, German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered her support to the people of France.
Then UK Prime Minister Theresa May had tweeted, “My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral”. US President Donald Trump took to Twitter and said it was horrible to watch the fire and suggested that flying water tankers could be used to extinguish the blaze.
Located in the heart of the French capital in the Middle Ages, Notre Dame’s construction was completed in the mid-12th century after 200 years of work. During the French Revolution in the 18th century, the cathedral had been vandalised.