Our hearts and prayers here at Bayard, Inc. are with the people of France and with the global Church that weeps at the losses that stem from the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019.
When Pope John Paul II came to Paris for the first time, on 30 May 1980, he read this prayer at the foot of the statue of Notre-Dame de Paris:
Virgin Mary, at the heart of the Cité
We pray to you for this capital city.
You Intact, preserve the purity of its faith!
Virgin Mary, from the banks of the Seine,
We pray to you for the country of France.
O Mother, teach it to hope!
Virgin Mary, in this great Christian site,
We pray to you for all the earth’s people.
You, full of grace, may they be one in Love.
Source: Notre Dame Cathedral website
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