Russian Orthodox Christians In US Mourn After Fire In Notre Dame Cathedral - ROCOR
Sumaira FH 2 days ago Wed 17th April 2019 | 02:35 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 17th April, 2019) Russian Orthodox Christians in the United States are mourning with the French the devastation of the Notre Dame of Paris cathedral in Monday's fire and hope the tragedy will help unite Christians across the world, chancellor of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) Serafim Gan told Sputnik.
"Together with our French brothers and sisters, we are deeply mourning and hope that our Lord will keep safely many holy objects and masterpieces in the historic cathedral," father Serafim said on Tuesday.
The fire, which is believed to have started at the top of the centuries-old cathedral, destroyed most of the wooden roof and caused the collapse of the 300-foot spire, one of Notre Dame's most recognizable features.
"We hope that current challenge will unify people and mobilize them for new Christian achievements, which will inspire others," Serafim said.
"God willing, the consequences of this tragedy will pass as soon as possible and we could restore the beauty of Notre Dame."
"It was a day of Notre Dame fast - the Dormition of Mother of God according the Gregorian Calendar," Potapov said. "The church was packed with people and suddenly I heard they were singing the akathist to the Mother of God in a Russian motive. It was beautiful when the whole church was singing this Russian hymn."