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Hundreds of faithful in procession at Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnet

PARIS, August 15, 2010 (AFP) - On Sunday, hundreds of faithful participated in the Marian procession organized by the traditionalist church of St. Nicolas du Chardonnet in Paris, reports an AFP journalist.

The procession left the church around 4:30 p.m., headed by Fr. Xavier Beauvais surrounded by several priests and sisters, and made its way towards the Place St. Michel in the pouring rain.

All along the way, religious chants and prayers were the pulse of this procession which was dominated by those over 40 years of age. Upon arrival at the Place, Fr. Beauvais and his accompanying priests knelt and prayed for about thirty minutes before a statue of the Virgin Mary adorned with white roses.

"We feel that in our era of decadent democracy and a Church that has lost the pride of its teachers, we require all the power of this woman (...) to put the old house of France back in order" said Fr. Beauvais to the faithful.

Among them, Emmanuel, who declined to give his surname, said the procession was "a demonstration of faith." For the faithful who says "subscribe to ecumenism," it is important to "renew our faith every day and find that which our country has lost so long ago."

For his part, Galtier, in his sixties and "very committed to the deepest values" of the church, wanted to distance himself from the procession organized by the Diocese of Paris. "I don’t think it fits the way I feel. I’m shocked by it," he asserted, finding instead the church Saint-Nicolas to be “wonderful".



  1. Does anybody have any pictures?

  2. Henry1:07 PM

    All along the way, religious chants and prayers were the pulse of this procession which was dominated by those over 40 years of age.

    Is this a French thing? In U.S. traditional communities of my experience, the median age is below 40 years, and a majority of the energy and dynamism comes from those younger.

  3. John McFarland1:47 PM

    The generic reference to the "religious chants and prayers" likely means either that they were unknown to the reporter from La Croix, the French Catholic daily, or that the reporter could not expect his readers to recognize the names of the chants and prayers if he gave them.

  4. Anonymous3:39 PM

    I find it interesting that as reported, the participants were over the age of 40. Which seems to suggest that this is a procession of the nostalgics. To set the record straight St. Nicholas is one of the largest parishs in the SSPX with well over 5000 souls in its care. Video footage of Masses show many young altar boys and the church is full of children. If this is an attempt to paint the traditionalists as "old fogies bent on nostalgia" please save your time.

  5. Albert9:32 PM

    I was there this year because of Fr. Sandmark’s First Mass, lot's of rain, but a wonderful procession. Notre Dame of Paris was forced five years ago to make a procession every year because of St Nicholas. This year the Prefect of the Police declined us to go to Notre Dame, as they would also have a procession. Of course the numbers, hymns and the Blessed Virgin Statue were lacking among these modernists.

  6. Looks like there are plenty of young people here

  7. Anonymous3:25 PM

    There are actually fewer young people at St Nicolas at the moment because they are all spending August in Brittany!

  8. Tommy3:53 AM

    Yikes - I guess I have to face my age. I'm 43 and thought I was young!


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