The “divine surprise”, greeted with enthusiasm by the catholic ground, on Saturday, to see again authorized the cult, has not been around a fervor the same. The upper hierarchy of the Church of France remained very conservative. As for the other religions, jewish, protestant and muslim, rather they are given instructions to wait for “the 3 June”. According to the recommendations even of the minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, who also imposed the observance of a heavy health protocol in liberalising, Saturday worship, not by his will but forced by the ordinance of the Council of State on 18 may. This High court had held the prohibition of the offices as a violation “serious” and “patently illegal” to freedom of worship.

“We were a bit taken aback on Saturday, which reflects the father, Sebastian, parish priest of Périgueux, not far from Périgueux (Dordogne) because we were prepared for Pentecost. For example I ordered the hydroalcoholic gel that was still not arrived. I immediately ran to the pharmacy and we were ready for Sunday morning!” In fact, in this remarkable abbey millennium moderated by a community of canons regular of St Victor, no faults appeared on Sunday morning, for the mass of 11 hours: the obligation of wearing a mask, washing hands with hydroalcoholic gel, spacing of the faithful in the pews but also for the procession to communion. “Some find these precautions a little exaggerated,” says the priest. But it is better to excess for an open church rather than to see our church closed by the prefecture in the event of a problem.”

Many of the parishes in France have improvised, but all have not had time to turn as fast. It is, however, under the legal responsibility and civil parish priests, that these “first” masses were held. It is as well as the communiqué of the diocese of Paris, and sent, Saturday, of the parishes is signed by Archbishop Denis Jachiet, auxiliary bishop, was not included on the joy of the recovery, however, expressed by many priests, but insisted heavily on hygiene measures and on the legal responsibility of the parish priest: “the priest is in responsibility and committed civil and criminal liability.” He observed: “It is possible, however, to celebrate masses with the public as early as this weekend. To the express condition that you will be able to comply with all instructions for the resumption of worship.”


Same prudence of the bishops ‘ Conference of France. If she is “delighted” that the new decree “gives back to its rightful place and the freedom of exercise of religion” rather, it has put forward “the recommendation of the government, which remains not to start the liturgical assemblies from 2 June.” With this argument: “It is only next week that the possible initial effects of the déconfinement in terms of contagion could be observed .” Stressing therefore the “responsibility” of “priests” and “bishops” who might decide to repeat the worship on Sunday.

other religions, which were finalised with the catholic Church, and the minister of the Interior, the details of the protocol health own to the revival of the cult were also called to the same reserve. The protestant Federation of France has estimated that “the reality of the epidemiological justifies greater caution in the resumption of ceremonies”. The Grand rabbi Haïm Korsia has recommended “not to go to synagogues”, always closed. As for the French Council of the muslim cult, he called for “not celebrating in the mosques for the prayer of Eid al-Fitr” on Sunday morning, which marked however the end of ramadan. Only a few mosques have opened their doors this Sunday, when other, such as in Ozoir-la-Ferrière, Seine-et-Marne or to Levallois-Perret, have organised prayers in open-air stadia, bringing together all the same 2 000 faithful.