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Holy Saturday and Easter Vigil

saturday 30th of march 2013

On that day, there is no mass at 8 AM, 9 AM and 12 PM, nor vespers at 5.45 PM.


- 9 AM : ceremony of Tenebrae
presided by Monsignor BEAU, auxiliary bishop of Paris

- 5 PM : Clothing of the cathedral

- 8.15 PM : Opening of the cathedral for the Easter Vigil

- 9 PM : Easter Vigil
presided by cardinal André VINGT-TROIS, archbishop de Paris.
Live on KTO, catholic television.
Choir of Notre-Dame de Paris. Lionel SOW, direction


Since the earliest times, this night is a vigil in honor of the Lord, commemorating the holy night when the Lord is risen. This Vigil is the mother of all holy vigils. It is the passage from darkness to light, Christ’s victory over death. That is why, in the night, the fire and the Easter candle will be lit. The flame of the Paschal candle will be forwarded to the faithful. As in hundreds of parishes in France, adult baptisms are celebrated during the Vigil at the Cathedral and the community of believers will be invited to renew with them the promise of baptism, new birth in Christ resurrected.


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Le feu pascal ouvre la vigile sur le parvis de la cathédrale



Holy week and Easter 2013 at Notre-Dame de Paris

Participation in liturgical celebrations is open to the public and free of charge, it is not necessary and not possible to make a reservation. To attend services, please take any seat in the nave 15 to 20 minuts before services.

- Palm Sunday, 24th of march 2013
- Holy Tuesday 26th of march 2013 : Concert of the Holy week
- Holy Thursday, 28th of march 2013
- Good Friday, 29th of march 2013
- Holy Saturday, 30th of march 2013
- Easter Sunday, 31st of march 2013

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