Have you been sitting at home or enjoying a walk lately and heard the ringing of church bells in the air and wondered what they're for?
The Mudgee Guardian reached out to the Catholic and Anglican churches in Mudgee after readers asked about the origin of the bells and their meaning.
The Anglican Church has been ringing their bell 'seven times at 7pm' since March as a call to prayer and show of support for those affected by COVID-19 and those working on the frontline as essential workers and those in the medical field fighting the virus head on.
"A parishioner rings the bell seven times every night at 7pm," Reverend Jono Williams said.
"We hope that any people out there who are the type to pray might join us in praying for those that have been affected during the pandemic and for those working on hospitals and clinics and everywhere else people are needed."
Similarly, the Catholic Church tolls their bell too, calling for support for those affected.
The Catholic Church in Mudgee rings the bell at 12 noon every day, a call to prayer for the 'Angelus'. The Angelus are prayers being said according to a spokesperson from the church for
The prayers have been running at noon every day since Easter.
The Angelus prayer
The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.