Mass of reparation in Nice

The Mass was celebrated in Notre Dame Basilica in Nice, France following the terrorist attack that left three dead. The penitential rite was necessary to purify the church from the stain of a “gravely injurious act,” homicides in this case, before normal religious activities could resume. The altar stripped and bare and the church was plunged into darkness, before the lights were restored. The officiating bishops then changed their vestments to white, signifying the Resurrection.