• Notre Dame Cathedral fire: Crown of Thorns will be part of Good Friday procession

    By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    It may be one of the most revered relics held by Notre Dame Cathedral.

    The Crown of Thorns, the crown supposedly worn by Jesus during his crucifixion, will be part of the procession as the faithful gather on the bridge that links Notre Dame with Paris to mark Good Friday, NBC News reported.

    The Crown of Thorns was among relics saved by a “human chain” of firefighters, emergency workers and antique experts who passed the holy items from the cathedral to safety as the fire burned, CNN reported.

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    The Crown of Thorns and the tabernacle that contained the Eucharist were both locked inside a safe that only a few had the codes to open. Eventually firefighters were able to get the combination and opened the safe as debris and embers fell from above, according to CNN.

    The Good Friday ceremony, known as the Stations of the Cross, will be held outside of Notre Dame, UPI reported.

    The Good Friday liturgy and Easter vigil Saturday, will be held at the Basilica of St. Sulpice. Easter Sunday Mass will be held at the Church of St. Eustache, according to UPI.

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