It had been two months since I heard anything about Notre Dame de Paris. Immediately after the fire I read about various proposals for ….well, not restoration ,but reconfiguring, Of the place. An aviary. An apiary. A Pei dome à la Louvre. If they’ve made any decision, it hasn’t been announced, as far as I can discover.
But I did read that the first mass since the fire will be celebrated there tomorrow, in the Crown o’ Thorns chapel. Only 20 worshippers and they all, and the celebrant, I assume, will be wearing construction helmets. (Talk about yer “Gospel armor”…)
Who are the lucky 20, the Vingt Valoureux, one might say? We dont know. I hope there will be film!
And isn’t it amazing how quickly we’ve forgotten about the fire, this event which seemed so apocalyptic, a civilization-killer, a creed-crusher, just two short months ago?