Massachusetts Church Bells Ring Out On Easter Sunday

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — While Easter church services were being held virtually across the state, some Boston residents got to hear the bells ringing at the Old South Church.

The historic church started chiming its bell at noon on Sunday as a sign of solidarity and celebration during the coronavirus lockdown. The church also livestreamed the ringing of the 2,020 pound bell online.

"I spoke to the Archdiocese and the various diocese from around the state, as well as the council of churches," Attorney General Maura Healy told WBZ NewsRadio. "And it just sort of caught on, and I think it's a really important and nice thing to do today."

It's unclear exactly how many other churches took part in the simultaneous bell-ringing. Cardinal Sean O'Malley said last week he had reached out to the 286 parishes that he oversees to ask them to take part.

"It's a season of hope, and love, and strength, and resilience," Healy said, "and I think it's a beautiful way to show that on display here in the Commonwealth."

WBZ NewsRadio's Kevin Coleman (@KevinColemanWBZ) reports:

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