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Report from Paris - IV

posted Jun 28, 2014, 1:09 AM by Rochester Ordinariate   [ updated Jun 28, 2014, 1:50 AM ]
The second Sunday, I visited one of the Latin mass communities in the middle of Paris.  This was the parish church of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois.  Located just on the Rive Droite side of the city, it is a beautiful, huge, gothic style church.  Sort of a mini Notre Dame, and it is indeed only a short walk between the two.  I think this was my favorite service I visited, and believe I would attend services regularly here were I to live here (of course there is no Ordinariate service here - the Episcopalians have a church here, I understand).  The priest preached wonderfully, and had well trained acolytes.

Notice from the photo that a small altar in the nave was used.  There is a high altar at the back of the church, but I think the fact that the long choir separated the two prompted them to lessen the distance.  This church has both OF and EF masses given by the same priest, who I liked quite a lot.  It has something of a "mutual enrichment" feel to it.  The mass had the first reading in French, given by an acolyte.  The Gospel was also in French.  There was a lot of congregational singing of the parts of the mass, with organ accompaniment.  Much more singing from the congregation than in OF services I have attended.  I would say the congregation looked quite "normal" - there were mostly young families.  They also had a nice choir which chanted well.  I actually felt very much at home here.

After the service, I walked around the church and looked at the side altars and religious art everywhere.  One gets of sense of history from places like this.