The fir tree on the square
published on 20/11/2011 in 2011

Every year, during the liturgical time of Christmas, the Cathedral offers on the square a tree of more than twenty meters high...

26 novembre 2011 – 2 février 2012

Every year, during the liturgical time of Christmas, the Cathedral offers on the square a tree of more than twenty meters high, sign of the dazzling light of God as Pope Benedict XVI stated on the occasion of the installation of the Christmas tree, place Saint-Pierre in Rome on December 18, 2005.

He continued by recalling thatat Christmas, the joyful news of the birth of the Redeemer rang out from the four corners of the world: the expected Messiah made himself man and came in the midst of us. By his luminous presence Jesus dispelled the darkness of error and Sin, and brought to mankind the joy of the dazzling light of God, whose Christmas tree is the sign and the reminder. Benedict XVI clarified that the tree is an invitation to welcome the gift of joy, peace and love of Christ.

His predecessor, Pope John Paul II, has also developed the meaning: next to the crib, we find the traditional "Christmas tree". A very old tradition, which exalts the value of life because in winter, the evergreen tree becomes the sign of life that does not die. Usually, on the decorated tree and at his feet, are deposited the gifts of Christmas. The symbol also becomes eloquent in a typically Christian sense: it reminds the spirit of "the tree of life" (cf. Gen 2, 9), the figure of Christ, the Supreme gift of God to mankind. The message of the Christmas tree is therefore that life remains "always green" if it becomes a gift: not so much material things, but of oneself, in friendship and sincere affection, in fraternal help and in forgiveness, in time shared and in listening Education Canada Network the iproque. (Angelus of 19 December 2004).

 

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The tradition of the Christmas tree is of Germanic and pagan origin. According to the legend, St. Boniface of Mainz, evangelizing the Germania in the eighth century, attempted to introduce the idea of the Trinity by using conifers because of their triangular appearance.
The Christmas mysteries played on the square of the cathedrals were frequently accompanied by a decorated FIR, a symbol of life that is reborn. In the eighteenth century, an Alsace as in Germany and Austria, the custom of the FIR was generalized. In these countries all know the popular song O Tannenbaum, wie Treu sind Deine Blätter! which in French was interpreted My beautiful fir tree, King of forests, that I love your greenery... In the heart of winter, this tree keeps its adornment, says the song, both in German and in French.
The custom of hanging candles is attributed to Martin Luther. Later, the practice of the advent wreath spread in Lutheran temples in Germany and Eastern France, before being adopted by many Catholic churches. Usually it is on a wreath of braided FIR branches that the four candles are arranged.

 

 

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Christmas time at Notre-Dame de Paris

The crib, from the first Sunday of Advent (Saturday, November 28, 2011) to the feast of the presentation of Jesus at the temple (Thursday, February 2, 2012).
The Nocturnes of the crib, every Saturday and Sunday until 20:45.
The tree on the forecourt, from the first Sunday of Advent (Saturday, November 28, 2011) to the feast of the presentation of Jesus at the temple (Thursday, February 2, 2011).
The Advent Lyrics , on Sunday 27 November, 4, 11 and 18 December 2011 at 17h20.
The Christmas Concert, Tuesday 20 December 2011 at 20:30.
Christmas OfficesOn December 24th and 25th.
The CD At the coming of Christmas , bringing together the musical formations of the cathedral.
The Gregorian chant concert Puer natus is , Thursday 29 December 2011 at 20:30.
The solemnity of Saint Mary, mother of God, 45th world day of peace, on Sunday, January 1, 2012.
The solemnity of the Lord's Epiphany, on Sunday, January 8, 2012.

but also:
The recital at the great organ by Henri-Franck BEAUPÉRIN, Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 at 8:30 pm.
The concert «Ave Maria» Marian Polyphonies of the Renaissance and today , Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 8.30 pm.
The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, on Thursday, 8 December 2011, and prayer vigil around the Holy Crown of thorns at 20:00.
The mass of Saint Éloi, on Sunday 11 December 2011 at 10:00 am.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Monday, December 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm.
The recital at the great organ by Pascal REBER, Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at 8:30 pm.

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