The Cathedral of Notre Dame

The Cathedral of Notre Dame

For centuries the Cathedral of Notre Dame has stood as a beacon of hope and devotion, of beauty and holiness at the heart of a singular city. The Cathedral’s soaring beauty has always spoken to pilgrims and Parisians alike: God is here in the midst of the city, present yet mysterious.

As Christians we are stewards of a great many treasures that both glorify God and shape the cities and towns where we live and worship. These sacred spaces speak of God’s transcendence in the midst of the places where we live, work, worship and play; they proclaim in a language beyond words a vision of human community shaped by the love of God. They tell the story of our faith and often hold that story in their very walls and windows when our cultures, in darker seasons, forget them. God is present in these sacred vessels, and so we grieve when fire and flood consume them. We pray for those whose lives and livelihoods are connected to this magnificent cathedral today, and we pray for the safety of those working to preserve the building and the artwork within.

Let us also take this moment to remember and celebrate the Communion of Saints: the countless souls who through the centuries have worked and worshiped within those stone walls, who through the work of their hands and the devotion of their prayers worked alongside God to build the Cathedral of Notre Dame

The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens