PETALING JAYA: Christians in Malaysia are gathering for weeknight masses and services in the run-up to Good Friday and Easter celebration.
In the wake of the blaze that razed the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, those attending a Holy Wednesday mass at the Assumption Church near here have expressed sadness but also hope.
Quality manager Vincent Tang said the Holy Week was significant as Christians reflected on Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
He said Christians wanted to remember what Jesus had done and to live good lives because of his sacrifice.
Tang said it was tragic that the Notre-Dame cathedral – a key church for France and Roman Catholics around the world – in Paris was burnt during the Holy Week.
“I’m pretty sad about it,” said the 63-year-old, who had visited the cathedral about 10 years ago.
Accounts executive V. S. George, 50, said she had been making it a point to go to mass every night on Holy Week in the past 10 years.
She said her sister, who had been residing in Paris, had visited the Notre-Dame Cathedral two to three times.
“It’s quite sad that it (burned) during the Holy Week. It’s a very old church, it’s sad news for everyone – not just Catholics,” she said.
Catherine Wong, who has been attending Assumption Church for over 30 years, said the Holy Week was important and significant for Christians.
While expressing sadness over the burning of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, she maintains an air of hope.
“Not all of it is (burned) down, there are still parts of it intact. Some have offered to rebuild it, so it is good news,” she said.
Wong had visited the Notre-Dame Cathedral several years ago on a trip to Paris and said the sight of it was “touching” and “serene”.