French actors Philippe Torreton and Judith Chemla will read texts by Charles Péguy, Paul Claudel, and St. Teresa of Calcutta, while violinist Renaud Capuçon will provide musical accompaniment.
The archbishop said at the press conference that he had originally planned to have a street procession with the relic in Paris, but this was no longer possible due to the strict coronavirus measures in France.
On Holy Thursday, Aupetit will bless the city of Paris with the Blessed Sacrament at noon from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Montmartre, which overlooks the city.
Under coronavirus quarantine, a priest in Paris blessed his neighbors with a rooftop benediction last week.
Paris has been under lockdown since March 17 with all non-essential trips from home banned except for a visit to the grocery store or doctor’s office.
With nearly 100,000 coronavirus cases documented in France, the country’s lockdown measures have been extended until at least April 15, the anniversary of the Notre-Dame fire.
More than 8,900 people have died in France from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
France’s coronavirus measures have delayed the reconstruction efforts at Notre-Dame de Paris.
The removal of the melted scaffolding on the cathedral’s roof scheduled to begin March 23 cannot take place under the country’s coronavirus measures, according to the French newspaper, Libération.
The scaffolding, which was present on the building prior to the April 15 fire due to restoration work, fused together during the blaze. There are an estimated 551 tons of metal still on top of the cathedral.
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The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris formerly displayed the crown of thorns for veneration each Friday during Lent at 3 p.m. and all day on Good Friday. This tradition was moved to Paris’ Church of Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois this year as the damaged Notre Dame Cathedral remains closed to the public.