[Photo B.S. Williams]      Standing by the banks of the River Seine, Eglise St Germain-l’Auxerrois has witnessed much history, having once been the Royal Chapel to the Palais du Louvre. The tranquillity of the atmosphere denies its sinister past that was plotted by the Queen mother herself – Catherine de Médicis. It was on 24 August 1572 that the very bells of this church signalled the beginning of that awful massacre of French Huguenots known as the Massacre of Saint Bartholomew’s Day where 3000 Parisiens died “for the glory of God”. It was also the beginning of a marriage that had brought all the prominent Huguenots to this very place, the marriage of Henry of Navarre (who later become Henri IV, the most loved King of France) to Marguerite de Valois, sister of the French king.

[Photo B.S. Williams]     Significantly this event ended the 1260 years of witnessing of Revelation 11:3 “And I will give power unto my two witnesses and they shall prophecy a thousand two hundred and threescore days clothed in sackcloth” ie 312-1572. It would not be until the French Revolution that these witnesses would stand on their feet again.

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