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Paris sights questions: Notre Dame mass, pre-booking museums. :-D

Paris sights questions: Notre Dame mass, pre-booking museums. :-D

Aug 7th, 2006, 05:34 PM
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Aug 7th, 2006, 07:27 PM
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I attended the Gregorian chant mass in Notre Dame in May 2005 and it was truly a magnificent experience. There was a full choir, several monks and priests and then the altar servers all processing from the back of the church, up to the front, and then down the nave, all while chanting. Their song echoed throughout the whole church and you really got a sense of the history of the church - you could hear what it would have sounded like at the time it was built. I had chills the whole time. The mass was in French and they have multi-lingual mass sheets to help you if you need it. If you're Catholic, it's easy to follow along through all the parts of the mass and just recite along in your own language. Hope you get to experience it!
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Aug 7th, 2006, 07:41 PM
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Christina,

I think the X through the baseball cap meant than men should not wear a hat in church, nor should they be eating.

It always surprises me when people don't have any sense of decorum in a house of worship, whether it be church, synagogue or mosque, but many people just don't know how to behave in a house of worship.
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Aug 7th, 2006, 11:11 PM
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In France, most of the “houses of worship” are state property (if they were built before the 20th century by Catholics), and so are intended for the enjoyment of all by definition, and not just by those who obey some arbitrary rules of “decorum”.

Houses of worship on private property can do what they want, since they aren't being supported by taxpayers.
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Aug 8th, 2006, 11:02 AM
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I know the food picture meant no one should be bring food into the church (or drinks, I think it included that in the photo)--it had nothing to do with men, per se -- but the baseball cap wasn't clear. There were no words in French, either. I'm not sure it meant no hat, I think it could very possibly have meant only baseball caps, as it could have had a more generic hat picture to mean any hat. Who knows, most men wouldn't be wearing a hat inside anyway, or they'd take it off if they had one on. Hard to see why a baseball cap would be forbidden but not tire-tread Teva sandals, which are just as casual, though. I wonder if they have dispensations for others who have their own religious beliefs about what to wear on their head, which may include men. I was especially interested in there being no "length" requirement of skirt, etc., like they have in Italy (at least some Rome churches).

Well, as I said, nobody was enforcing it, anyway. I don't know why they couldn't have words if they want people to understand the signs (I have seen words on some of those church signs in other countries). It doesn't really matter so much for that thing, as it's easy to take off a hat. I was in Catholic churches in other countries during that trip, even conservative religious ones (like Poland) and they didn't have any dress code, either, for entry, nothing like Italy.
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Aug 8th, 2006, 11:32 AM
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As an erstwhile Catholic, without a sign, I know that in the old days men were supposed to be bareheaded in church and women were supposed to cover their heads. In France, nobody really cares anymore.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 02:42 PM
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