The Anglican Cathedral of Liverpool and the Cathedral of Notre Dame Paris

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is the largest cathedral and religious building in Britain and contains one of the largest enclosed spaces in any public building worldwide. The Cathedral is also one of the world’s tallest non-spired churches.

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral Church of Christ

The design was by 23 year old Giles Gilbert Scott and he and the more senior George Bodly shared the architectural responsibilities. The Foundation stone was laid on Tuesday 19th July 1904 by King Edward VII at a great open-air service and a choir of a thousand voices sang the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

Six years later the Lady Chapel was completed. The High Altar, the Eastern Transepts and the Chancel were ready by 1924 and King George V and Queen Mary attended the consecration of The Cathedral Church of Christ.

By 1941 the Tower was still incomplete but the vast open space below it was able to hold a service entitled ‘Solemn Entrance in Time of War’. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother visited the Cathedral during the Blitz and encouraged the masons and the community to keep building.

On a bitterly cold day in February 1942, Sir Giles Scott placed the final stone on the final ‘finial’ at the top of the tower, three hundred and thirty one feet one and a half inches (101 metres) above the Cathedral floor. He died in 1960 long before the Cathedral was finally completed although it was handed over to the Dean and Chapter in 1961. On 25th October 1978, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, there was a great service of thanksgiving to mark the completion of the Cathedral, “a triumphant proclamation of hope”.

Seventy four years to build a cathedral. The stonemasons learned their trade and spent their whole working life on the project and passed their skills to their sons and grandsons. Lives dedicated to excellence and God’s work.

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral Resplendent
Notre Dame Cathedral Resplendent

The Cathedral of Notre Dame was built between 1160 and 1260. A hundred years to build, standing proud for over 750 years, severely damaged by fire in a single night. A globally recognised architectural gem, a fond memory for millions of visitors to Paris and an iconic image of the endurance of Christianity in a secular age, Notre Dame will never be quite the same again.

It is more than tragic, more than the destruction of a national and global treasure. It is a dagger blow to the heart when we see our cultural and religious monuments so desecrated. Even in secular France it is a psychic blow to the nation and one which some have said is comparable to 9/11 in significance. I do not doubt it.

Notre Dame on fire April 2019
Notre Dame on fire April 2019

Notre Dame will be rebuilt by a different class of artisan altogether from those who so recently, by comparison, built Liverpool Cathedral. The skills gained over so very long a period can be extinguished in a generation. A very few will have the expertise at the start and they will have to build a team of dedicated individuals prepared to devote their life to the monumental task of restoration. Cost is irrelevant in such a grand design. The necessary skills, the scarcity of the requisite materials and the commitment required in human terms, are of incalculable cost. The French people will be more than adequate to the task and they will be supported by people across the globe. Notre Dame de Paris will live again, forever changed but unbowed.

In this Holy Week I pray that the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral can and will be done, that Christians everywhere will know that faith carries strength and hope will endure. Deus vult.

 

 

The Gilets Jaunes could topple Emanuel Macron

The Gilets Jaunes

The Gilet Jaunes demonstrations in France could topple the elitist-globalist Emanuel Macron and the Gilets Jaunes will be on show once more this weekend in an indomitable demonstration of anger and defiance by the French people in the face of increasingly violent and extreme measures by the police.

The Gilets Jaunes
The Gilets Jaunes en marchent

The gilets jaunes will be out en masse today in France as they have been for months now. Their peaceful protests against their President Macron have largely been ignored by him but as they have not gone away as he expected, he has instructed the police to disperse them by the use of brutal force.

The Gilets Jaunes
A Gilet Jaune defiant

Police Violence

So it is that on the streets of our nearest neighbour across the Channel we see the police fire rubber ball launchers and sting grenade balls on unarmed protesters. Nineteen protesters have lost an eye; four have lost hands. Macron still refuses to engage with their grievances and yet the protests have not gone away and enjoy an astonishingly high level of support in France of 60%-70% according to polls.

The Gilets Jaunes
Macron fires back against the Gilets Jaunes

Macron Is A Globalist Elitist

Macron, like the globalist masters he serves, has only contempt for the concerns of ordinary French citizens. He lives in luxury, he is feted on the world stage, he meets only those who approve of him and who share his aims for the world. He thinks that globalism can be pushed upon people despite their objections because his view of the world is seen from the lofty height of the technocrat, who views the rest of us as ignorant pawns in their game to reshape the world in their image.

The Gilets Jaunes
Macron thinks he is invincible.

Macron does not seem to show the slightest concern about these people, his people, who make up the majority of his country. He is hell bent upon carrying through his platform of globalist policies despite the suffering they are causing, his own unpopularity and the anger that he has engendered amongst his people.

The Gilets Jaunes
The Gilets Jaunes gather pace

This is the attitude of the elite globalists who determine the living standards of the French people.

French History

Macron seems not to know his French history. Didn’t the French people have a revolution to do away with just such elite aristocrats who had no regard for their plight and only disdain for them? He must think that he is immune, that he is well protected from the consequences of such widespread ire, that his globalist chums and those masters whose bidding he carries out, will rescue him if it comes to it.

He needs to go back to his history books.

The Gilets Jaunes
Macron et la revolution des Gilets Jaunes.

When the French people can see no way out of their plight, they have nothing to lose by adopting more extreme measures. They show little sign of giving up. He would do well to listen to them now before it is too late.

The Gilets Jaunes
The Gilets Jaunes Revolution comes to Paris.