Paris Sketchbook, Post 17, San Chapelle and Notre Dame de Paris
Good Friday at San Chapelle and Notre Dame
After standing in the pouring rain for an hour, we were able to get in to see the beautiful San Chapelle. A jewelbox of a cathedral rebuilt by King Louis XIV to protect the precious relics of the Crown of Thorns and a piece of the Cross. the relics were purchased by Louis the IX from Emporer Boudoin II in 1239. Traveling with our dear friends, one of whom was fighting Stage 4 ovarian cancer and brain caner, we were able to witmess her courage in so many ways. Today was an increidible day as she climbed the windng staircase to view the royal portion of this chapel, then when time to descend the staircase, she joyfully said, "Look out below, I'm coming down!" We all made it safely down!
Next, we walked to Notre Dame just a couple of blocks away. With long lines for Good Friday services, we were able to enter through the disabled entrance and the Knights of Columbus escorted she and I to a seat in the packed cathedral. The service was given in French, English , and Spanich, and the Crown of Thorns relic symbolized in gold was on display on the altar. A Good Friday we will never forget!