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Our Lady of Victory Basilica church bells to ring in honor of lives lost to COVID-19

Posted at 2:35 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 14:35:18-05

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The church bells of Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna will ring in remembrance of more than 335,000 lives lost to COVID-19 this year in the United States.

At noon on Wednesday, December 30th, the bells will be rung for 1 minute at the Basilica and at numerous other churches across the state as a coordinated show of solidarity by the Archdiocese of New York.

According to a press release, the ringing is intended to "mourn the souls lost, to comfort the families and friends who grieve, and to move forward, together, in the hope of the blessings that await us in 2021."

"Our country has not witnessed a death toll on this scale in its recent history and, as the year draws to a close, there is a pronounced need to publicly acknowledge the devastating loss of life that the year brought with it, especially here in New York during the months of March, April, and May."