Diocesan press releases

Cathedral ringers answer call for solidarity with Notre Dame community

Brecon Cathedral will be joining cathedrals and churches around Wales and the UK in tolling its bells in solidarity with the cathedral community of Notre Dame.

The Archbishop of Wales has joined with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to encourage all cathedrals and churches across Wales to toll a bell for seven minutes at around 7pm this Thursday, Maundy Thursday, as a simple sign of both sorrow for and solidarity following the devastating fire.

There has also been a call to organists worldwide to consider Notre Dame as they play this weekend. Organ music at the end of the Festal Eucharist at Brecon Cathedral on Easter Day will be the final movement of Symphonie I by Louis Vierne.

Vierne was organiste titulaire at Notre Dame de Paris from 1900 to 1937. This music, along with Messe Solennelle, conceived for Notre Dame, will be performed and the choir will also sing Ubi Caritas on Maundy Thursday, set to music by Vierne’s assistant, Maurice Duruflė.

Ringers at St Cynidr and St Peter’s in Glasbury also dedicated last night’s ringing to Notre Dame Cathedral.

The tolling of bells has, for generations, been a sign of mourning for the loss of someone precious and, although Notre Dame is a building, there is also a sense in which it is a vital part of the very heartbeat of Paris” Archbishop John said.

“The damage and destruction suffered to this holy and iconic site is something, therefore, which it feels quite proper for us to mourn. In doing so, we will also be expressing our hope that, from the ashes, will rise a building restored and renewed for its life’s purpose, to proclaim to the world the Good News of Christ.”

This initiative has been suggested by the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, and it is hoped that many will take part.