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Priests wear hard hats in first mass in Notre Dame since fire

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The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, second left, leads the first mass in a side chapel, two months after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, Saturday June 15, 2019, in Paris. (Karine Perret, Pool via AP)

It was held exactly two months after the fire (Picture: AP)

The first mass has been held in Notre Dame cathedral since Aprils devastating fire, with priests wearing hard hats for safety.

Only around 30 people could attend the service as the structure is still fragile.

It was held exactly two months after flames ripped through the Gothic church, claiming the buildings spire but leaving the twin bell towers intact.

Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit held the mass yesterday in a chapel behind the choir, a place confirmed by construction experts as safe.

For security reasons, only about 30 people – mainly priests, canons and church employees – were admitted inside the cathedral for the service.

Some of the construction workers helping to rebuild the church were also allowed to attend.

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The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit (C) poses with other members of the clergy following the first mass in a side chapel, two months to the day after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, on June 15, 2019, in Paris. - The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris hosted its first mass on June 15, 2019, exactly two months after the devastating blaze that shocked France and the world. For safety reasons, the mass led by Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit was celebrated on a very small scale. Worshippers donned hard hats but priests wore their ceremonial garb. (Photo by Karine PERRET / POOL / AFP)KARINE PERRET/AFP/Getty Images

The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit (C) poses with other members of the clergy (Picture: Getty)

Michel Aupetit, Archbishop of Paris speaks during the first Mass in a side chapel, two months after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, Saturday June 15, 2019, in Paris. The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15 fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire. (KTO via AP)

Michel Aupetit, Archbishop of Paris speaks during the first Mass in a side chapel (Picture: AP)

The Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral's rector Patrick Chauvet, speaks during the first mass in a side chapel two months to the day after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral on June 15, 2019, in Paris. - The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris will host its first mass on June 15, 2019, exactly two months after the devastating blaze that shocked France and the world. For safety reasons, the mass led by Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit will be celebrated on a very small scale. Worshippers will be expected to don hard hats but priests will be wearing their ceremonial garb. (Photo by Karine PERRET / POOL / AFP)KARINE PERRET/AFP/Getty Images

The cathedrals rector Patrick Chauvet speaks during the mass two months to the day after a devastating fire (Picture: Getty)

Thirty white hard hats are placed on a table outside the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, as clergy and worshippers arrive for a service on June 15, 2019. - The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris will host its first mass on June 15, 2019, exactly two months after the devastating blaze that shocked France and the world. For safety reasons, the mass led by Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit will be celebrated on a very small scale. Worshippers will be expected to don hard hats but priests will be wearing their ceremonial garb. (Photo by Zakaria ABDELKAFI / AFP)ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/AFP/Getty Images

Thirty white hard hats are placed on a table outside the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, as clergy and worshippers arrive for the service (Picture: Getty)

epa07650580 Clerics wear protective helmets as they attend a mass led by Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit (unseen) in a side chapel of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris, France, 15 June 2019, which is the first church service two months to the day after a devastating fire. For safety reasons, the mass was celebrated on a very small scale, but was streamed live on internet. EPA/KARINE PERRET / POOL MAXPPP OUT

For safety reasons, the mass was celebrated on a very small scale, but was streamed live on the internet (Picture: AFP)

A man holds a smartphone showing a live broadcast of Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit holding the first mass of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral on June 15, 2019, two months after the April 15 fire, in Paris. - The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris will host its first mass on June 15, 2019, exactly two months after the devastating blaze that shocked France and the world. For safety reasons, the mass led by Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit will be celebrated on a very small scale. Worshippers will be expected to don hard hats but priests will be wearing their ceremonial garb. (Photo by Zakaria ABDELKAFI / AFP)ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/AFP/Getty Images

People could watch the service online (Picture: Getty)

Others outside could watch the mass live on a Catholic TV station streamed online.

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French Culture Minister Franck Riester said this week that the cathedral remains in a fragile state, especially its vaulted ceiling, which is still at risk of collapsing.

Footage showed some burnt wood still in the church but a famous statue of the Virgin and Child appeared intact behind wooden construction planks.

The annual Dedication Mass commemorated the cathedrals consecration as a place of worship.

This cathedral is a place of worship, it is its very own and unique purpose, Mr Aupetit said.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Julien Mattia/Le Pictorium Agency via ZUMA/REX (10205516b) Flames engulf the Notre-Dame Cathedral. The fire has caused part of the historic church's spire to collapse as the bl</br><a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/16/priests-wear-hard-hats-first-mass-notre-dame-since-fire-9970375/><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a></p>
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