The crown was housed at Notre Dame following the French Revolution. Since April’s fire, it has resided in a safe in Paris’s Louvre museum . On Friday it made its first post-inferno appearance at a Paris church.
The cathedral’s most precious relic — the Crown of Thorns — was saved by quick-thinking heroes. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted that the relic, believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ at his crucifixion, was among the pieces rescued from the fire.
The towering fire is now extinguished. Amazingly, some of the interior of the structure withstood the flames including one of the most priceless relics – the Crown of Thorns , believed to have been placed on Jesus’ head at the Crucifixion, and a cross at the altar.
Helena, traveled to Jerusalem. According to tradition, she discovered relics of the cross upon which Jesus had been crucified. The spot had been venerated by early Christians, and she concluded it was Golgotha. Constantine ordered the construction of a basilica, which became known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre .
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Since at least around the year 400, a relic believed by many to be the crown of thorns has been venerated. Kept in the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris until 15 April 2019, when a fire touched the cathedral, the relic has since been kept in the Louvre Museum.
Crown of thorns, ( Euphorbia milii ), also called Christ thorn, thorny plant of the spurge family ( Euphorbiaceae ), native to Madagascar.
One tradition places it in the Cathedral of Trier, another places it in Argenteuil’s Basilique Saint-Denys, and several traditions claim that it is now in various Eastern Orthodox churches, notably Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, Georgia.
Priest Jean-Marc Fournier is credited with dashing into a burning Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday to save its most sacred relic: the crown of thorns that Jesus is believed to have worn.
The first immediate loss in the Notre Dame fire came when the cathedral’s iconic spire collapsed after being overtaken by flames. The fire also destroyed the cathedral’s roof. The extent of the damage to other artwork and relics housed inside the cathedral is still unknown.
The crown finds its roots in early Christianity For those more spiritually inclined, according to three of the four canonical Gospels, a woven crown of thorns was placed on the head of Jesus in the lead-up to his crucifixion (this was sometime between AD 30-33).
In Luke: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise (in response to one of the two thieves crucified next to him) “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” (last words)