St Andrew's Cathedral is the mother church of the Anglican diocese in Singapore. The first service was held in 1861. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

The bells at the historic St Andrew’s Cathedral will sound every day at 12pm in a call for intercessory prayer over the COVID-19 situation in Singapore.

The move was announced towards the end of a prayer gathering of interdenominational church leaders at the Cathedral on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

The ringing of the bells at noon (12pm) is meant to call believers to rally in united prayer, as part of the [email protected] movement.

The spread of COVID-19 in Singapore has seen dozens hospitalised, and a handful of churches identified as possible coronavirus clusters.

[email protected] calls on Christians to pause at midday – even if just for a minute – to commit the situation to God in prayer.

“Wherever we are, at 12pm (noon) – we will pause and pray together for Singapore. We will synchronise prayers daily at 12pm noon sharp. We will set our phone alarms to ring at 12pm. Imagine all our alarms ringing at the same time across the city!” LoveSingapore said on February 14, when the movement was launched.

The bells of the Cathedral were first installed in 1889 and were restored and rededicated in 2019.

So if you are near the City Hall Civic District, and you hear the Cathedral’s bells ringing – will you pause and pray?

PraySingapore@12 Prayer Guide
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