“This cathedral is also the symbol of the restoration of this Church founded 2,000 years ago by Christ himself,” the archbishop said in his homily on the evening of June 16.
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A video posted on social media showed black-clad, far-left demonstrators punching and kicking participants in the procession.
While the original video of the Easter Vigil has since been removed by the parish, the live stream of the Easter Sunday Mass at the parish the following day showed priests and altar servers without masks standing close together.
The basilica celebrated the 100th anniversary of its consecration last year. Before the coronavirus pandemic, it received an average of 10 million visitors per year.
Since Aug. 1, 1885, the chain of perpetual adoration of the Holy Sacrament at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Montmartre in Paris has continued uninterrupted, including during the 1944 bombing and the coronavirus crisis.
Amiens is the largest cathedral in France, with an inner volume twice the size of that of Notre-Dame de Paris.
Last year, the French Senate passed a bill mandating that Notre-Dame be rebuilt as it was before the fire.
The art project “Draw Me Notre Dame: The Church You Know or the Church You Imagine,” launched by the Archdiocese of Paris, is designed to gather new generations around this emblematic monument of faith.
Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris venerated the cathedral’s relic of Christ’s crown of thorns inside the damaged cathedral on Good Friday.
Archbishop Aupetit will lead a meditation on the Passion of Christ inside the cathedral in the apse behind Notre-Dame’s Pietà.