CHICAGO (CBS) — Catholic church bells will be ringing throughout Chicago every three hours as a call for all to unite in prayer during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, is asking Catholic parishes to ring their church bells five times a day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. This started Saturday.
Each of the five prayer times will be dedicated to a specific group particularly affected by the pandemic.
The groups are listed below:
9 a.m. – Prayer for those infected with the virus and all those who are ill
12 p.m. – Prayer for healthcare workers and those attending to the sick
3 p.m. – Prayer for first responders and essential workers
6 p.m. – Prayer for people of every nation and their leaders
9 p.m. – Prayer for those who have died today