Montreal’s Archbishop, Christain Lépine, and Quebec’s Auxiliary Bishop, Marc Pelchat, have started a new tradition at Catholic churches to lighten our hopes during the pandemic.
Churches within their dioceses will be ringing church bells every Sunday, starting March 29, through until Easter.
Titled the Crescendo of Bells, each church is asked to ring its bells for 10 consecutive minutes starting at 12 pm on Sundays.
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Although church doors remain closed in response to preventive measures for coronavirus, the two Church leaders think this will offer a “symbolic gesture of support.”
“During this time of Lent, it is a way of demonstrating our solidarity and fraternity with individuals, families, especially the most vulnerable, the sick and their loved ones, and of recognizing the dedication of the health-care personnel and all those ensuring the security and wellbeing of our city,” said Archbishop Lépine. “This Crescendo of the Bells is a sign of hope and of solidarity, signalling that the Church stands with the people and the city once known as ‘The City of a Hundred Bell Towers.’ May the ringing of the bells remind us that God loves us, that Christ is alive and wants us to be alive.”
The familiar bell sounds will “warm everybody’s heart,” according to Pelchat. Especially citizens who feel lonely, worried, and who might be in need of reassurance.