According to the organizers, the health safety instructions will be scrupulously respected.
The event promises to be extraordinary. This Thursday, December 24, on the occasion of Christmas Eve, some 700 people are expected at the Alp’Arena, an ice rink usually reserved for ice hockey located in Gap in the Hautes-Alpes department, where a gigantic mass will be organized in from 5.30 p.m.
Asked by The Dauphine, Mickaël Fontaine, vicar of the parish of Gap who will be in charge of the ceremony, explains the reasons why this mass could be organized. Exceptionally, the curfew will be suspended for the duration of this evening, announced Jean Castex several weeks ago.
“With all the sanitary measures, a way had to be found to bring together the faithful without all the churches being invaded and that we could take the slightest risk,” he explains.
In addition, always with the regional daily, the latter ensures that compliance with health instructions will obviously be respected.
“With the Alp’Arena, we can take a lot of sanitary distances and continue to keep our churches for the faithful who wish to come in small groups. We will be able to accommodate 700 people, we were looking for a large place and it came first. . It’s a bit mythical, a place with ice cream, it reminds of Christmas “, adds Mickaël Fontaine.
For worshipers who do not have such events planned near their homes, churches will remain open Thursday evening. However, the ceremonies will be done in smaller groups than usual since a spacing of one seat in three and one bench in two must be respected. Several municipalities have also decided to make multi-purpose rooms available.
“People will come masked, they are used to it. Teams of parishioners will offer gel (hydroalcoholic) at the entrance”, explained to BFMTV.com Hugues de Woillemont, secretary general and spokesperson for the Bishops’ Conference of France (CEF). “These are things that we are also used to in everyday life, there are reflexes that are taken and that also apply in the church.”