Holy Friday
published on 25/02/2014 in 2014

The vendredi 18 avril 2014

Vendredi 18 avril 2014

In remembrance of the Last Supper of Christ on Holy Thursday, there is no mass on Good Friday. The usual masses of 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. therefore do not take place, so the 17h45 Vespers office is abolished.


9:00 am: Office of Darkness
Presided over by Monseigneur BEAU, auxiliary bishop of Paris
With the chaplains of Notre-Dame

10:00 to 17:00: Veneration of the Holy Crown of Thorns

10.30 am: Way of the Cross for organ and narrator

15:00: Way of the Cross
Chaired by Monseigneur Jacquin, rector-Archpriest
Masters of Notre-Dame de Paris, choir of adults. Lionel SOW, Director

6.30 pm: Office of Passion
Presided over by Cardinal André Twenty-three, Archbishop of Paris
Masters of Notre-Dame de Paris, choir of adults. Lionel SOW, Director


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Betrayed by his disciple Judas, Christ is arrested. He is accused of sowing disorder in the population by his teachings and above all to usurp the title of Messiah, that is to say Sons of God sent to save men. Interrogated by Pontius Pilate, Roman governor of the region, flogged by the Roman soldiers, he was condemned to be nailed to a cross – a torment reserved for criminals. The Passion continues with the ascent of the hill of Golgotha, also called "Calvary", laden with the cross. It falls several times of exhaustion. Crucified, it expires after a few hours. Descended from the cross by his relatives, he is wrapped in a shroud and put to the tomb.

On this particular day, Christians are called to fasting, penance and conversion, and visible expression of the expectation of Christ. The office of Holy Friday, called Office of the Lord's Passion, is centered on the proclamation of the narrative of the Passion (Gospel according to Saint John). A path of the cross with the stages of the passion of Christ will be offered to the faithful in the afternoon as well as two prayer offices sung: The morning office and the Choral Office of Passion.



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Holy week and Easter 2014 in Notre-Dame de Paris

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Palm and passion Sunday April 13th, 2014 : Office and masses with ritual opening of the doors of the cathedral, blessing of the twigs, reading of the Passion, Conclusion of the cycle of Lenten conferences
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 : Concert of the Holy Week "O Crux Ave"
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 : Messe chrism
Holy Thursday, April 17, 2014 : Office of Darkness, Mass in memory of the Last Supper and procession to the Reposoir
Good Friday 18 April 2014 : Office of Darkness, veneration of the Holy Crown of Thorns, Office of the Choir, way of the cross, office of Passion
Saturday Saint April 19 2014 : Office of Darkness, Pascale vigil
Easter Sunday 20 April 2014 : Offices, Masses

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