Bishop Phonsie Cullinan of the diocese of Waterford & Lismore, Ireland, said March 14: “To celebrate our national patron, bells in the cathedral in Waterford and across the diocese in parish churches will be rung at 11.00 am this Saint Patrick’s Day.
“At this time, due to the Coronavirus, Mass is being celebrated but without the congregation being physically present so ringing of Church bells is a call to prayer – wherever you are – and a reminder of the faith that has sustained the people of our island throughout the centuries. The bell-ringing is also an expression of social solidarity, an encouragement to care for one other, and for all of us to be inspired and remain hopeful at the difficult time.”
“I encourage prayers for all those affected by the Coronavirus and for those at the frontline, by placing our trust in the Lord and asking Our Lady to intercede for us.”
Bishop Phonsie concluded, “I have invited other bishops to have church bells rung at 11.00 am across their dioceses on our national feast day.”