Crowd Sings 'Ave Maria' Outside Of Burning Notre Dame Cathedral

Crowd Sings 'Ave Maria' Outside Of Burning Notre Dame Cathedral

Mourners on the street sing a beautiful rendition of ‘Ave Maria’ in front of the Notre Dame cathedral.


Hearts around the world broke on Monday, April 15th when the famed Notre Dame cathedral in France caught fire. The building was undergoing a renovation when a blaze spread to the widely famous dome of the cathedral.

Shortly after, news spread all over the globe. The fire lasted well into the evening, burning for over 12 hours before firefighters gained control. During this time, people started to gather in front of Notre Dame to mourn the ancient structure.

That’s when the most incredible impromptu serenade began. ‘Ave Maria’ is a widely popular song from famed composer Franz Schubert. It was originally composed in 1825, but over the years it has evolved into one of the most well known classical pieces.

Artists from all over the world and many different genres have performed this special tune and it has easily become one of Schubert’s most famous compositions.

‘Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena’

The hauntingly beautiful words are the perfect compliment to the feelings associated with this devastating fire. There are so many fond memories surrounding the Notre Dame cathedral and it’s deeply saddening to see parts of it in flames.

While a rebuilding will occur, the entire process could take decades. Prayers are with the people of France and anyone with a special memory of this iconic monument.

Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."