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The Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris was stripped of all but one of it's bells during the atrocities of the French Revolution.  Only the great bell Emmanuel remained in the south tower.  Also known as the Great Bourbon Bell and dating to 1681, it was Emmanuel that began to tolled to inform Parisians that the Allies were entering the city and liberating it from the Nazis. The 9 lost bells of the north tower were replaced in the 19th Century with four new ones, but there was wide agreement that the new bells were dreadfully discordant and a poor replacement for the originals.  Now however, 8 new bells have been cast that will replicate the sound of the originals and will be hung in the north tower, along with a 9th bell named Marie which will join Emmanuel in the south tower, and have been blessed in the Cathedral where great events in the history of France and it's monarchy have taken place.

  • In 1302 King Philip the Fair opens the first Estates-General in the Cathedral after Mass.
  • On 16 December 1431, King Henry VI of England is crowned King of France.
  • On 1 January 1537, King James V of Scotland married to Madeleine of France
  • On 24 April 1558, Mary, Queen of Scots (daughter of James V and his second wife Marie de Guise) is married to the Dauphin Francis (later Francis II of France), son of Henry II of France and Catherine de Medici.
  • On 18 August 1572, King Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) marries Margaret of Valois. The marriage takes place not in the cathedral but on the parvis of the cathedral, as Henry was still a Protestant at the time.
  • On 10 November 1793 Revolutionaries hold the Festival of Reason in a heretical desecration of the Cathedral.
  • On 2 December 1804 Napoleon I and his wife Jos├ęphine were crowned Emperor and Empress of the French, with Pope Pius VII officiating.

The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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