In response to the Archbishop of Paris’s desire that Churches in France should ring bells in solidarity with Notre Dame, the Archbishop of Canterbury has asked that Cathedrals and Churches of the Church of England will, as far as possible, toll a bell on Maundy tonight (Thursday, 18th April, 2018) at 7 pm for seven minutes.
Chichester Cathedral will be ringing its bells in this way. The Dean of Chichester, The Very Reverend Stephen Waine, commented “Our thoughts are with our brothers and sisters in Paris who have suffered a catastrophic fire. To see such extensive damage to a church which has witnessed to the Easter faith for over 850 years and is a cultural and historical landmark recognised throughout the world is shocking.”
All are welcome to join services over the forthcoming Easter weekend, and for those who wish to pause, reflect, and remember the people of Paris, a number of Chapels, in particular the Lady Chapel, are available for private prayer. Requests for prayer can also be left at the Shrine of St Richard and votive candles can be lit at various points around the Cathedral.