Crown of Thorns presented at Paris service

Published: Apr. 20, 2019 at 8:35 AM EDT
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The Crown of Thorns relic saved from the fire at Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral has been presented to worshippers at special Good Friday ceremony.

Many believe the crown was placed on the head of Jesus at his crucifixion. It is made of rushes wrapped into a wreath and tied with gold filament. Parts of the purported crown are also held in other locations.

A public veneration of the crown is normally part of the ceremonies leading up to Easter at Notre Dame. But because of this week's devastating fire at Notre Dame, the crown was shown at a service Friday evening at the nearby Saint-Sulpice Church.

Firefighters rescued the crown and other treasures held in the 12th-century Notre Dame as its spire collapsed and roof burned away Monday.

The cathedral's rector told The Associated Press that nothing inside was damaged except for the altar. Patrick Chauvet said Good Friday this year was special "because I believe that from this suffering there will be a renaissance."