FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2020
BISHOP DIMARZIO ANNOUNCES BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CHURCHES TO RING “BELLS OF HOPE” STARTING FRIDAY
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, has announced that he has asked every parish in Brooklyn and Queens with outdoor bells to ring them every day at 3 PM starting tomorrow, Friday, April 3. This initiative, known as “Bells of Hope,” will continue for the duration of the Coronavirus epidemic throughout Brooklyn and Queens.
Bishop DiMarzio is making this announcement as the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord from the dead and the Easter Season is soon approaching. Bishop DiMarzio has selected 3 PM as the daily time, to coincide with the hour of the death of the Lord and of Divine Mercy.
“The ringing of the church bells will inspire us as New Yorkers and citizens of the world, of all faiths, the strongest of believers and the nonbelievers, to unite in prayer against this virus. As our City, and especially our boroughs, remain the epicenter of this Coronavirus pandemic, each day we will ask Almighty God to bring an end to this illness which has caused great pain and suffering for many people of the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.
“The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest instance of love and hope in the history of the world. In these truly uncertain times, we turn to the Lord ever mindful of this truth, and the power of prayer, to sustain us. We may or may not know for whom these bells will toll, however, we will pause to honor those who are suffering, who have died, and give thanks to God for those putting their lives at risk for others,” continued Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.
The Diocese is home to 185 parishes throughout Brooklyn and Queens.