Notre-Dame de Paris: The Reopening Schedule

February 10, 2024
Notre-Dame de Paris, Statue of the Virgin and Child

Laurent Ulrich, archbishop of the Diocese of Paris, presented the timetable accompanying the reopening of the cathedral.

The reopening period will extend from December 8, 2024, to June 8, 2025, the feast of Pentecost, and will include numerous celebrations and pilgrimages, while the entire Church will experience a jubilee year. A triduum and an octave are planned as well.

In a pastoral letter dated February 2, the archbishop of Paris announced a procession, approximately two weeks before the reopening of the building, to accompany the return of the statue of Notre Dame de Paris. Having escaped the flames, this Virgin and Child, a 14th-century masterpiece, that is 1.8 m high, has been preserved in the Saint-Germain-L'auxerrois Church, opposite the Louvre Palace.

The reopening will begin with a triduum including the official inauguration, on December 7: the handover of Notre-Dame by the state owner to the assignee, the Catholic Church; the awakening of the organ, a liturgical celebration with a blessing, the Magnificat or Te Deum, then vespers.

The consecration of the altar will take place during the first Mass in the restored cathedral on Sunday, December 8, the second Sunday of Advent this year. And the celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, which will be transferred to Monday, December 9.

An Octave from December 8 to 15

The reopening of Notre-Dame will be followed by an octave: from December 8 to 15, a solemn celebration will take place each day with a particular theme. Msgr. Ulrich mentioned the arrival of public figures from the State, donors, restoration teams, firefighters saving the building, French and foreign bishops, and representatives of French dioceses.

The Archbishop of Paris recommended that pilgrimages be organized during these six months, from December to June, by the parishes of Paris and the dioceses of the province of Paris.

Archbishop of Paris since 2022, Ulrich finally thanked the generous donors and patrons, large and small, who contributed to the reconstruction of the stone cathedral.