WATCH: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Pays Tribute to Paris with Emotional Opening

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There was no cold opening on SNL last night.

Instead, cast member Cecily Strong appeared alone on the Saturday Night Live stage to offer a message of solidarity in both English and French, and to pay tribute to the victims of the deadly attacks that occurred in Paris, France on Friday (Nov. 13, 2015). The opening was brief, but incredibly moving — that even the comedian’s voice noticeably full of emotion.

Paris is the City of Lights and here in New York City, we know that light will never go out. Our love and support is with everyone there tonight. We stand with you.

After repeating the sentiment in flawless French, Strong said, “And now, live from New York,” and the show went on. The guest host for SNL was actress Elizabeth Banks and at the end of the episode, after thanking various people, she closed with: “God bless Paris.”

Watch the emotional tribute above — and make sure to grab a tissue, or two.