Skip to main content

Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey is no longer open for public worship, general visiting or private prayer. Meanwhile, the community of Abbey clergy, privately and following guidance given, will sustain the worship of a building that has been a witness to God’s grace and glory for over a thousand years.

Find out more

The terrible fire at Notre Dame

Tuesday, 16th April 2019

The terrible fire at Notre Dame

A statement from the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, on the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.

The terrible fire yesterday in Paris has for the time being devastated one of the greatest cathedrals of Europe. Its 850 year history has seen Notre Dame withstand revolutionary change and world wars. Now it seems it has been laid low by an accidental fire during renovation works.
That this should happen at the time of year when Christians focus on the passion and death of Christ seems strange and sad. The Church lives the passion. But the great cathedral will rise again, just as Christians everywhere will next Sunday on Easter Day celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It’s a privilege to live and work here – the Abbey really is the heart of the country and its history.

Martin - The Dean’s Verger

Twitter logo Tweet this