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Good Friday

friday 29th of march 2013

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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

- From 10 AM to 5 PM : Veneration of the crown of thorns

- 3 PM : Via crucis
presided by Monsignor JACQUIN, archpriest
Choir of Notre-Dame de Paris. Lionel SOW, direction

- 6.30 PM : Office of the Passion
presided by cardinal André VINGT-TROIS, archbishop of Paris
Choir of Notre-Dame de Paris. Lionel SOW, direction


Vénération de la Sainte Couronne d'Épines


Betrayed by his disciple Judas, Christ is arrested. He is accused of spreading disorder in the population, and especially his teachings to usurp the title of Messiah, that is to say the Son of God sent to save men. Interrogated by Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of the region, scourged by Roman soldiers, he was sentenced to be nailed to a cross - punishment reserved for criminals. Passion continues with the ascent of the hill of Golgotha​​, also called "Calvary", responsible for the cross. He fell several times to exhaustion. Crucified, he expires in a few hours. Down from the cross by his family, he is wrapped in a shroud and his body is placed in a tombstone.

On this particular day, Christians are called to approach repentance and conversion, and visible expression of the expectation of Christ. The Holy Friday, called Office of the Lord’s Passion is centered on the proclamation of the Passion narrative (Gospel of John). Stations of the Cross with the steps of the Passion of Christ will be proposed to the faithful in the afternoon and two offices sung prayers: Morning Office and the Office Passion chorale.



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Le Christ mort, dans les bras de la Vierge

Détail de la Piéta de Notre-Dame de Paris - Nicolas COUSTOU, début du XVIIIème siècle. © NDP




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Holy week and Easter 2013 in 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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