Boston church bells ring 900 times to honor 900,000 lost to COVID-19

Bells at a Boston church rang 900 times on Sunday afternoon to honor the 900,000 American lives lost to COVID-19, a grim milestone that was recently reached. an hour and a half to complete. Congregants of the Unitarian Universalist Church said the ringing of the bells is not a political message, but rather a message of remembrance for those who have died of COVID-19 in the past two years. “All the pain and suffering, the challenge of our lives over the past two years. It’s more of a meditative experience,” Jeffrey Ferris said. “We’re not trying to teach anything, but we’re remembering simply of those who have passed away and those of us who are fortunate enough to carry on.” The toll of the bell at First Church follows the lead of Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital. expects to ring at again once the national death toll from COVID-19 reaches 1 million.

The bells of a Boston church rang 900 times on Sunday afternoon to honor the 900,000 American lives lost to COVID-19, a grim milestone recently reached.

The 900 bells at Jamaica Plain First Church began at 3 p.m. and lasted about an hour and a half.

Congregants of the Unitarian Universalist Church said the ringing of the bells is not a political message, but rather a message of remembrance for those who have died of COVID-19 in the past two years.

“All the pain and suffering, the challenge of our lives over the past couple of years. It’s more of a meditative experience,” stalwart Jeffrey Ferris said. “We’re not trying to teach anything, just to remember those who have succeeded and those of us who are lucky enough to continue.”

The ringing of the bell at First Church follows the lead of Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital.

Ferris said First Church expects to ring its bells again once the national death toll from COVID-19 hits 1 million.

Martha J. Finley