VIDEO: St Paul’s Cathedral bell tolls for Paris victims
AS FATHER Lindsay Howie rang the bell of Saint Paul at Rockhampton's St Paul's Cathedral yesterday, he thought of all the lives lost in the Paris attack that occurred on Friday night.
The local Dean of St Paul's Cathedral decided to toll the bell every 10 seconds over an hour from 1pm yesterday as a way of responding to the tragic and horrific circumstances on the other side of world.
Father Lindsay said he had spoken with Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow about ringing the bells as an act of peace.
"I was speaking with Mayor Strelow and it was felt that as a city we needed to say something, do something, offer something to remember those who had died," Father Lindsay said.
"The bell of Saint Paul was erected as a bell of peace in 1947 and it has the words 'when I Paul ring, peace to the world I bring.
"We normally ring bells at great occasions or in remembrance of those who have passed, so yesterday we rang them for the people of France."