Video: Crowd gathers to sing hymns, ‘Ave Maria’ outside Notre Dame Cathedral

By Herb Scribner

Many people gathered outside of the Notre Dame Cathedral Monday night to sing hymns in honor of the damaged historic site.

Videos appeared on social media of patrons standing outside the still-smoking cathedral and singing religious songs, according to CNN.

“As evening falls in Paris, crowds are still gathered near Notre Dame as the historic cathedral burns,” according to CNN. “A witness earlier in the day had described an eerie silence; now, the crowd has begun to sing hymns together, many on their knees.”

Specifically, those standing outside the church were singing Catholic hymns to bring people together as a sign of unity.

One video showed a group singing “Ave Maria.”

In another video, the church bells of Paris rang for Notre Dame.

According to The Associated Press, a fire erupted at the Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday afternoon, engulfing the roof and collapsing the spire. A French fire official said the cathedral was saved from total destruction, although it will take a few more hours to extinguish the flames, CNBC reported.